CSC -Project Noah: Educate, Educate, Educate!
Gray Ratsnake – Pantherophis spiloides by Lisa Powers
As a member of many groups on Facebook, I have become known as the person to go to when a critter needs an ID…especially a snake. The latest was a request by someone in my home town who had a pic sent to her of a young boy holding up a ‘cooperhead’ that had swallowed a fish that was caught on the fishing line by the young boy. I was easily able to identify the ‘cooperhead’ as a common watersnake (Nerodia sipedon) and reassure them that it was harmless.
I always try to give helpful information in a respectful, responsible, educational, reassuring and non-judgmental manner. It is why people come to me for ID’s now. I have seen many posts showing a dead snake, that where instead of trying to educate, the object of the poster seems to be antagonistic. While this may make you seem cool to your friends, it does nothing to change the attitude of the person whose post you just commented upon. So please, before you call someone an ignoramous (or worse), think about what you want the end result to be. Do you just want to let off steam and make yourself look like a fanatic…or do you want to educate them so it does not happen again? Try a little grace, patience and education. You will make a much bigger impact in the world and benefit the snakes we love so much!
This week finds our Project Noah-CSC SNakes of the United States mission at 2297 spottings, upping our total by over 154 snakes. We now have 855 PN users, an addition of 42 new spotters.
Our spotting of the week is this gorgeous little Scarlet Snake (Cemophora coccinea copei) spotted by fellow Project Noah Ranger, Janson Jones