Big-snake sighting has Burr Ridge on ...

Big-snake sighting has Burr Ridge on edge

There are 14 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 20, 2007, titled Big-snake sighting has Burr Ridge on edge. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A spotted 7-foot-long snake slithered around Burr Ridge on Wednesday, eluding authorities, confounding experts and sending residents into a panic.

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cwoulds

Chicago, IL

#1 Sep 20, 2007
For the sake of the residents of Burr Ridge, let's hope that it's "harmless". Anything of that size would send the average person into a panic. If not, something needs to be done to the people that purchase these snakes (boas, pythons) and then release them because they've become too much for them to handle. It's not fair/safe to the residents. Is there a law similar to the ones associated with folks who own dogs and fail to take the necessary precautions to leash them/keep them from harming others?
Claire Frustine

United States

#2 Sep 20, 2007
The people in this country have built homes in the natural habitats of these animals and when they see things who's homes they have trespasted upon they get horrified just leave them alone, don't stalk them or hurt them in anyway they are the creatures being abused they are not hurting you!! they eat rodents they control and clean and balance the enviorment, they do not distroy the earth they are the meaning of living green. Teach your children to leave these beautiful snakes alone and they won't be so hysterical when they confront nature at it's finest.
Sky Thompson

Ottawa, IL

#3 Sep 20, 2007
this story was by far one of the best I've read all year!!!!!!!
Mark

South Charleston, OH

#4 Sep 20, 2007
Hope snake is found before some idiot kills it. I've got more respect for animals than I do for some people.
Tamara

Chicago, IL

#5 Sep 20, 2007
Claire Frustine wrote:
The people in this country have built homes in the natural habitats of these animals and when they see things who's homes they have trespasted upon they get horrified just leave them alone, don't stalk them or hurt them in anyway they are the creatures being abused they are not hurting you!! they eat rodents they control and clean and balance the enviorment, they do not distroy the earth they are the meaning of living green. Teach your children to leave these beautiful snakes alone and they won't be so hysterical when they confront nature at it's finest.
Right on Sister!
Listen closely

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Sep 20, 2007
Did anyone listen to the video, the lady said at the beginning "Oct 17th". Is this a story from last year, since Holloweed is a month and a half away (for a prank)? Or someone reporting a fake story?
Listen closely

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Sep 20, 2007
Check that... she said "alright Oct 17th" in the middle of the clip! LOL
Why is this news

Pequot Lakes, MN

#8 Sep 21, 2007
That snake is a harmless Western fox snake (Pantherophis vulpina), which lives in the area naturally. The fox snake is totally harmless to people and eats mice and other types of small rodents, therefore controlling their numbers. It must have been a VERY slow news day today.
Mimi Theodorou

United States

#9 Sep 22, 2007
We had a fox snake removed from our garage by animal control on Sunday the 16th. We live in Naperville.
Max

Bloomington, IL

#10 Oct 28, 2007
don't worry about the snake it is tame, you people need to watch and teach you kids better.
Angel

United States

#11 Dec 6, 2007
No way, all snakes that come into areas where people are should be put to sleep.
Lou

Bloomingdale, IL

#12 Dec 13, 2007
my understanding is that snake is cold blooded. how does it survive winter?

“A.K.A. Don Quixote”

Since: Sep 07

Berwyn from 1970 - 2000

#13 Jan 9, 2008
Lou wrote:
my understanding is that snake is cold blooded. how does it survive winter?
Cook County has a species of rattlesnake called massasauga rattlesnake , and it is venomous.

Chances are you have to be in the woods to see one or be bitten by one.

snakes burrow deep and live in dens , they won't come out until it's warm again.
Victoria Theodorou

United States

#14 Jun 17, 2010
Its just a snake, if you have a problem with it, just alert authorities, its not like you are going to die

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