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Sunday, September 04, 2005

If you've lost a snake in Alaska, it might be dead

There are not supposed to be snakes in Alaska, but evidence to the contrary may have been found in Haines.

An 8-inch serpent was found crushed on the side of a road, leaving residents wondering if it was wild or an escaped pet.

The snake was found on Small Tracts Road and is not an ideal specimen. Crushed by a car and found on the shoulder of the road, it's dry, discolored and missing most of its skull.

"It could be the first vouchered specimen of a snake in Alaska," he told the Chilkat Valley News. Then again, it could be an escaped pet.

The carcass was in marginal shape.

"Real mashed," Shields said. "It had been there quite some time."

He's still gathering information, however, and urged residents to contact him at the Takshanuk Watershed Council.

"I'd be very curious to hear from anyone who lost a snake," he said.

Submitted by a reader.

3 Comments:

Anonymous TheFarkmeister said...

If not now, then it will be come freezup.

Oh, they don't get freezup in that part of Alaska.

Well, with all the other critters coming to Alaska on the hells of the Global Warming (TM), what's next?

10:38 PM  
Anonymous TheFarkmeister said...

Oops, shoulda previewed!

hells=HEELS

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm, Mashed Snake. Great on a cracker!

10:41 PM  

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