Drive Safe for Snakes

Photo by Roger Starnes Sr on Unsplash

During my daily run today, I noticed an odd out-of-place object laying on the side of the road. I decided to jog on over and take a look.

During my hikes out in the trail or when trekking through thickets of the bush, I always keep a tentative eye out for snakes. My eyes didn’t deceive me in this particular situation either.

When I approached the ‘object’ I quickly realized that it wasn’t some jumbled up piece of cord or discarded railing, but it was actually the fresh carcass of an Eastern Ratsnake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis). See figure 1

Figure 1: Eastern Ratsnake I found DOR 07/18/2021

While this could have easily been a passing vehicle, I didn’t notice any external damage aside from a few marks closer to the tail.

I believe that a few scenarios could have gone down, all of which require humans to be more aware of our surroundings. Snakes are vital to our ecosystem, they are also not out to get us and should be appreciated.

Scenario One

A reckless driver hit the snake on accident due to irresponsible driving.

Scenario Two

A reckless driver hit the snake on purpose to be malicious or out of fear. If this was an act of being malicious, then that’s considered cruelty and karma will eventually come around.

Scenario Three

If fear was a factor (no pun intended) then that solidifies my stance on more people needing proper education on snakes and wildlife in general. Snakes are constantly misrepresented and painted as evil, venomous monsters who are out to bite you. Unfortunately, many people believe these stories and can’t tell a venomous snake from a non-venomous snake.

While I understand all beings eventually pass, none should be purposely killed. Point, blank, period.

If this was an accident then I hope the individual can feel a bit of remorse and work on driving more carefully.

Photo by Mario Dobelmann on Unsplash

Remember, if you can safely avoid (not putting yourself or anyone else in danger) hitting wildlife then have the courtesy to slow down. 10 minutes out of your day to preserve the life of a creature whose habitat we encroached on is the least we can do.

I hope to play a role in the preservation of snakes and all herpetofauna. I am releasing an eBook in hopes to spread awareness on the venomous snakes of Florida to further educate readers on the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes.

My eBook titled Project enlightenment is an effort to help readers appreciate and understand venomous snakes in hopes to deter killings out of fear and misrepresentation. Follow the links below to stay updated and informed on how to get your copy of the book.

WWW.RODNEYRAMPERSAD.COM

IG: @trekwritingservice

I love my family, learning, herpetofauna, and traversing the wilderness.

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Rodney Rampersad

Rodney Rampersad

Freelance writer — Trek Writing Service