7-foot snake on most wanted list in Burr Ridge

Full story: Chicago Tribune

By Gerry Smith Tribune staff reporter Whether it's an exotic boa constrictor or a fox snake indigenous to Illinois, one thing is for sure, there's a large snake on the loose in Burr Ridge.
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Fontaineoldham

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Sep 19, 2007
 
I thought the folks in Burr Ridge had brains. They took a picture of a snake. The next day the took the picture to school. Finally you call the police. Something is wrong here.
shannon

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Sep 19, 2007
 
I think it should be illegal to own a boa constrictor or any other dangerous animal. These snakes are not domesticated and to my knowledge do not understand commands. People who own these things get tired of them or they become to much work and they end up dumping them off somewhere for someone else to deal with. I live in the area and will not even get my mail or go outside in fear of this snake!!!! My kids cannot take the bus or go outside until the snake is found. It is very hard also to let out my 6 pound dog without watching it like a hawk!!
irrational fear

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Sep 19, 2007
 
Snakes are more afraid of us than we should be of them. Unless you lay down and wait for the snake to come and get you and dont resist a boa wont hurt you. If your six pound dog is off the leash he deserves to be eaten. Although he might be to big for a 7 foot long boa. Or are you all good christians and afraid its the devil. Grow up spiders dont hurt you either. Now ghosts are a different story.
mike

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Sep 19, 2007
 
I was just wondering did anybody else notice that she mentioned the date to be October 17th and also that someone thought she put it out as a halloween joke when halloween is over a month from now. This story doesn't make sense.
wronk

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Sep 19, 2007
 
That’s a Fox Snake you morons. They don’t attack little kids or pets, unless your pets are rats and mice. The snake is probably in her yard hunting rats which are running around eating the trash she leaves out. Clean up your yard and the snake will hunt some where else.
Americans Flunk Science

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Sep 19, 2007
 
It's not a boa. It's not poisonous. It's probably a fox snake; definitely a colubrid. People are so used to only seeing sanitized nature on TV and at zoos, it's no wonder they can't handle a critter that crawls up the driveway.
J Dunbar

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Sep 19, 2007
 
First I would like to say I didn't call the cops. They happened along and saw the news truck and things took off from there. I also did not call anyone immediately because i didn't percieve it to be a threat It was in it's environment and I let it go at that. The reason I took film of the snake was to identify it and share knowledge with the children. I also though calling 911 to say "there is a snake in my driveway" would be tying up a 911 operator or policeman who should be doing other, in my opinion, more important things. I do admit that it is early for halloween decorations, but I have boxes and boxes of decorations which I have started to unpack. I quite frankly can't believe all the press this has gotten. My phone has not stopped ringing, let alone people walking around my house and through the yard. I really think this snake story has been about beat to death.
Tony

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Sep 19, 2007
 
Doesn't look like a king snake to me
Could it be a massasauga?

There is a Costa Rican boa that has close enough patterns though.
Connie Bothfeld

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Sep 19, 2007
 
Hi! Just to let you know, the snake in Burr Ridge is definitely a Fox Snake, not someone's escapee. My boyfriend had been around fish, reptiles, etc., including "livestock mgr." at a reptile farm for 5 years, and has been getting a good laugh seeing this story on the news. It is a native snake. Following is a link I found with photos:
http://www.herpnet.net/Iowa-Herpetology/index...
Americans flunk science2

Springfield, IL

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Sep 20, 2007
 
They should have listened to their biology teacher in the first place who said it was a fox snake. I think they just 'hoped' it was something exotic because naturally, that's more exciting. Maybe there will be an article when deer start coming into people's back yards!
David

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Sep 21, 2007
 
J Dunbar wrote:
First I would like to say I didn't call the cops. They happened along and saw the news truck and things took off from there. I also did not call anyone immediately because i didn't percieve it to be a threat It was in it's environment and I let it go at that. The reason I took film of the snake was to identify it and share knowledge with the children. I also though calling 911 to say "there is a snake in my driveway" would be tying up a 911 operator or policeman who should be doing other, in my opinion, more important things. I do admit that it is early for halloween decorations, but I have boxes and boxes of decorations which I have started to unpack. I quite frankly can't believe all the press this has gotten. My phone has not stopped ringing, let alone people walking around my house and through the yard. I really think this snake story has been about beat to death.
You did the right thing by leaving it alone, and taking footage of it to ID. Thank you for acting like an adult about the snake, unlike most other people! I think everyone in the reptile community/hobby would wish everybody who does not know about snakes would act in the manner you did. This also shows you how the media loves to play on peoples fears instead of educating them on the facts. All media has adopted the phrase "don't let the truth get in the way of a good story!" P.S. it's not too early for halloween, my neighbor already has christmas lights up lol
Rob

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Sep 22, 2007
 
A large fox snake crawled into my yard last month, and I released it in a nearby forest preserve. The reaction of the woman who found the snake in the driveway was admirably calm. The comments by the biology teacher and Linda Malawy of the Chicago Herpetological Society should have put the whole issue to rest, but they apparently were overwhelmed by the news media.
As Halloween approaches I'm anticipating more scary videos-- "Snakes on the Plains," "The Burr Ridge Project," etc.-- made by network news crews with hand-held cameras.
Sharon

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Sep 22, 2007
 
shannon wrote:
I think it should be illegal to own a boa constrictor or any other dangerous animal. I live in the area and will not even get my mail or go outside in fear of this snake!!!! My kids cannot take the bus or go outside until the snake is found. It is very hard also to let out my 6 pound dog without watching it like a hawk!!
How ignorant. The snake is not a boa, python, or whatever. It is a harmless fox snake, regardless of what the local authorities say. Granted there are people that don't take of boas, just like there are people that don't take care of their kids. Should they make it illegal for people to have kids? Some of the kids I have seen are not domesticated either.
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Oct 2, 2007
 
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Oct 2, 2007
 
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Oct 2, 2007
 
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Oct 2, 2007
 
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Oct 2, 2007
 
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May 21, 2008
 
People need to grow up and stop acting stupid over a harmless snake, get a life people.

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