7-23-2012 9:03:03 PM
There has been some misconceptions about Steve's Snaketuary and what we do. Although this may be lengthy, we would like to clear a few things up.
At Steve's Snaketuary, we do go out to people's houses and businesses to rescue snakes. We do this for 2 reasons:
1. We rescue the snake, so it doesn't get hurt or killed.
2. We bring those people peace. We get the snake out of their home or business, and at the same time, educate them about snakes, so they can overcome their fear.
BUT, we do NOT keep every snake that we rescue.
We do have some native species to this area, non venomous and venomous, and there is a purpose for us keeping them.
We do educational presentations, where we show off these amazing snakes and teach people what they may see in their own backyard. We show these snakes side by side, so people can learn the differences between snakes. We also show how gentle and wonderful a snake can be.
At these presentations, we also help get rid of the fear of snakes. We have seen time and time again, at the beginning of the presentation, almost everyone runs to the back of the class, because of the inbred fear of snakes. But, by the end of the class, everyone is up front, interested and excited, and even those who were most afraid are wanting to hold them.
Some of these presentations are for the EMT and Paramedic classes at the Fire Department. During those presentations, not only do I show the different types of snakes and compare them, I also go into detail about the different types and effects of venom to prepare the students for victims of snake bites. This is so they will not be scared to go on those calls, and they will be better prepared to know what signs and symptoms to look for and how to treat the patient.
One of the most rewarding things for me was on a call where a girl was bitten by a snake. When I arrived on scene, the girl was already in the back of the amblulance. The paramedic on duty asked me to verify that the dead snake in the jar was a copperhead. I assured him it was. He said he would not have known that if he had not watched my videos. He said because he knew that, he was able to call ahead to the hospital to get the antivenom ready. One of my videos of my pet snakes had educated a paramedic and help save a little girl.
From childhood, people are taught that snakes are evil, and this is absolutely not true. Snakes are wonderful, amazing creatures, and can actually bring excitement and even joy, not fear.
One of our biggest concerns is seeing and hearing about the brutality that people have towards these animals. We would much rather drive to someone’s house and get a snake out, at the same time relieving that person’s fear, than have that person mercilessly kill the snake.
No one should live his or her life in fear. Fear is an absolutely horrible and ungodly thing, and we want to eradicate it.
At Steve's Snaketuary, we also take care of every pet snake we have. We make sure they have clean water, clean cages, and we feed them every week. One of our main values and principles is Proverbs 12:10, which states "A good man takes care of his animals." Our snakes are almost like a part of our family, and we treat them as such.
Yes, some of our snakes we did purchase at pet stores or reptile shows, but most of them we got from people who could no longer take care of them. And of course, we can’t release non-native species, or we would end up with the same situation we now have in other parts of the U.S.
We have also had complaints about the way we house our snakes. Some of our snake collection videos are several months old, and things have changed quite dramatically since those videos. As the snakes get bigger, we do move them to larger cages. Also, snakes sometimes feel vulnerable in large areas, that is why you see them hiding under rocks, logs, and rubble. They may stay there all day. Because snakes like dark, cozy spaces, and they don't need a lot of light, rack systems with tubs are great and are the primary way to keep snakes. Our biggest cage is 8 feet X 3 feet X 3 feet. We keep 5 large rat snakes in that cage. We will almost always find all of them huddled up under one or two hides. Almost immediately after we feed them, they go right back under the hide.
We hope this has cleared up any misunderstanding about Steve's Snaketuary. If you have any further questions, please feel free to send us a message.