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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 06:48 PM
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Poisonous Snake found in Maine
Dead Gaboon Viper Discovered Behind Saco Cinemagic

POSTED: 4:58 pm EST March 8, 2010
UPDATED: 6:23 pm EST March 8, 2010


http://www.wmtw.com/news/22778148/detail.html

A person walking on a trail found a dead snake Monday morning that turned out to be a poisonous snake that is harmful even after its death.



Saco dispatchers received a report that the snake was found behind the Saco Cinemagic on Route 1 at 10:24 a.m. The snake was a 5-foot-long Gaboon viper, said Sgt. Tim Spahr of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

He said it appeared that the snake froze to death. Members of the department are investigating who may have released the viper.

Had anyone been bitten by the snake, it could have been fatal, Spahr said. If the viper had been released in the summer, it would have survived.

The snake was still deadly after its death. Venom came out of its fangs while wardens handled it while wearing gloves Monday.

"This venom is still potent for a while," Spahr said.

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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 06:49 PM
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1. omg- that is far away from home.
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daninthemoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 06:50 PM
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2. at least it wasn't another snake for florida.
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HughMoran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 06:51 PM
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3. Some animal owners should be shot
WTF?
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 06:55 PM
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4. There are no native poisonous snakes in ME, which makes this even scarier.
Poor snake, but I'm glad it wasn't found the hard way -- by someone being bitten by it in the summer. They're not very aggressive as a rule but holy cow was it out of its range!
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 07:00 PM
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9. There's a Rattlesnake Mt. in Casco.... n/t
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 07:17 PM
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14. Yes, and Maine isn't in rattlesnake range.
Edited on Mon Mar-08-10 07:20 PM by Gormy Cuss
"No poisonous snakes" was one of those state facts that was drummed into us on Maine Day. There's actually several Rattlesnake Mtns. and other geographic features named Rattlesnake in ME, most if not all in western Maine.
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 07:36 PM
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15. They caught one sunning himself on Mt Agamenticus....
....down in York Co. a while back.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 08:23 PM
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24. There are many in eastern MA.
The warmer trends over the last few decades are probably helping them move north.
One of the strangest places that I've ever encountered them was in the Blue Hill reservation south of Boston. Both Chickatawbut and Great Blue hills have sizeable colonies and I saw one that was over four feet long.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 07:07 PM
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11. Yeah, wrong continent is kinda out of his range.
I thought, however, that timber rattlers were indiginous to all the lower 48. Last I checked, that still includes Maine.
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DFab420 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 06:55 PM
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5. Wow
Haha my cousin lives in Saco, thats the most exciting thing that has happened there since indoor plumbing (which is still catching on up there) haaha

Oh I love Maine...
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 06:56 PM
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6. Well, that's one annoying GEICO ad that will have to be pulled off the radio now, at least.
No poisonous snakes in Maine, my ass!
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vadawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 07:04 PM
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10. lol i was thinking where the f i had heard that, yeah its an annoying ad..
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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 06:57 PM
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7. I thought this was going to be a post about Snowe and Collins. nt
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 07:00 PM
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8. Maybe it jumped out of the plane...
was there a tiny parachute nearby?


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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 07:08 PM
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12. you know, that's how the brown snake tree invaded Guam
not flying in on parachutes, but by hitching rides on military airplanes: http://www.fort.usgs.gov/Resources/Education/BTS /

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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 07:44 PM
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17. Wow...nasty little buggers, aren't they?
:scared:

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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 07:47 PM
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18. yes
and they've been known to short out electricity lines, and bite little babies:

Because the snakes are nocturnal, most people, including thousands of tourists who visit the island, have never seen them.

But some have found these mildly venomous snakes in their homes, sometimes trying to eat sleeping children.

The snakes have been found in homes, some trying to eat young children

"I looked at his crib and he had the snake's tail wrapped around his neck, and the snake's head wrapped around his leg, and he was busy, 10 months old, holding on the crib, trying to pull the snake off him," said Ernie Matson, the boy's father.


http://arachnophiliac.info/burrow/news/brown_tree_snake...
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 08:06 PM
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22. One reason I have to be grateful
to have never had been sent to Guam by Uncle Sam... if we were, our parrots would have had a cow... I mean they like free ranging on the ground.
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 07:12 PM
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13. EARTHQUAKES, SNAKES!@!!1
Edited on Mon Mar-08-10 07:14 PM by dave29


edit to add:

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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 07:39 PM
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16. Where do those snakes normally call home?
We have several poisonous snakes here in MS, but I know the Viper isn't one of them. Are they native to Africa??
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 08:01 PM
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19. On a motherfucking plane?
:shrug:
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 08:02 PM
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20. Oh yeah!!! Duh!
I forgot that Samuel L. already told me that.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 08:07 PM
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23. Asia if memory serves
One of those increasingly useless pieces of info one learns in rescue survival school
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 08:24 PM
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25. Chairman Kaga, that you?
:)
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 08:39 PM
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26. I just read that they were central Africa, but I knew they
Edited on Mon Mar-08-10 08:41 PM by Shell Beau
weren't native to North America.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-09-10 07:52 AM
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27. Thanks one learns something every day
True story, we did have a patient that was "playing" with his king Cobra... nasty little critter... and the fire extinguisher worked far better than the cop's guns.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-09-10 09:25 AM
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28. I can't imagine why anyone would play with a deadly snake,
I am not afraid of non venomous snakes, but keep the poisonous ones far far away.
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theophilus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-10 08:05 PM
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21. Well, don't EAT it then. n/t
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