Mystery Snake Slithers Through Sauk Centre

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A nearly six foot long snake found its way into a Sauk Centre neighborhood leaving residents baffled.
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Dunnellon, FL

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Aug 4, 2010
 

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that's no Black Mamba it's a Black Rat Snake it's a native Specie to Minnesota List of reptiles of Minnesota http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_reptiles...
Jason

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That is a black ratsnake Pantherophis obsoleta obsoleta, formerly Elapha obsoleta obsoleta. it is completely harmless, it is native, and it looks nothing like a black mamba. Oh, and there is no such thing as a poisonous snake. they are either venomous or non venomous, not poisonous.
Sharon McKenzie

Bishopville, SC

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What a bunch of IDIOTS! How could any person with a measurable IQ mistake a native, harmless Black Rat Snake for a "Black Mamba"(which isn't even black, by the way) is beyond my comprehension, and even worse, how someone who kills a harmless and beneficial animal can get their name in the paper as if they were "heroes" is a real travesty! I suppose the next person who bludgeons a kitten to death and claims it was a loose "Bengal Tiger" will be the next "hero" for "saving" all the "tiger's" potential "victims". Slow news week in Minnesota, or what?
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Alexandria, MN

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Sharon McKenzie wrote:
What a bunch of IDIOTS! How could any person with a measurable IQ mistake a native, harmless Black Rat Snake for a "Black Mamba"(which isn't even black, by the way) is beyond my comprehension, and even worse, how someone who kills a harmless and beneficial animal can get their name in the paper as if they were "heroes" is a real travesty! I suppose the next person who bludgeons a kitten to death and claims it was a loose "Bengal Tiger" will be the next "hero" for "saving" all the "tiger's" potential "victims". Slow news week in Minnesota, or what?
First of all i would like to say that this is not the paper... and you know what they obviously were not snake experts. I would have personally freaked out if i had found a 6 ft. snake in my yard no matter if it was venemous or not.
Sharon McKenzie

Bishopville, SC

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People "freaking out" over a snakes is a case of ignorance, and in this day and age, which SHOULD be far removed from the Dark Ages, there's no excuse for at least not being able to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous snakes in the US. There is no more excuse for "freaking out" over a snake than there is over a cat, or a dog, or a horse, for that matter, showing up in your yard, especially given that horses and dogs kill and injure far more people than snakes do in this country. If people would take time to actually LEARN something, instead of just reacting like primitive savages or the pitchfork-bearing villagers in a monster movie every time they see something that isn't a cute widdle fuzzy-bunny, we wouldn't have incidents like this and the news media would have to report on REAL issues, like crime and unemployment.
Amanda

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Snakes are disgusting and I'm glad it's dead. I don't care if it's a black mamba, rat snake, or gardner snake. I don't know why you think that we should all be able to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous snakes. It's not every day that you get a 6 foot snake sliding around central MN! As far as I'm concerned, a snake is a snake and the person who killed it should be hailed a hero. Snakes have 1 purpose on this planet, and that's to make purses and shoes.
JTC

United States

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Amanda wrote:
Snakes are disgusting and I'm glad it's dead. I don't care if it's a black mamba, rat snake, or gardner snake. I don't know why you think that we should all be able to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous snakes. It's not every day that you get a 6 foot snake sliding around central MN! As far as I'm concerned, a snake is a snake and the person who killed it should be hailed a hero. Snakes have 1 purpose on this planet, and that's to make purses and shoes.
What a bit*h!
Jason

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Aug 18, 2010
 
So a species of special concern was killed by someone in a state where they are protected and the DNR is not only not citing the individual but is also not sure if the animal is in fact a black rat snake?? A law was broken out of ignorance and the violators should be treated as such. The fact that it is a snake has no bearing on the fact that it is a protected native species and it was illegally killed. Come on DNR do what you are paid to do, protect the wildlife and educate the public.

You also got to love the state of modern American journalism when a new company can't even fact check one little bit.
Tom

Lake Saint Louis, MO

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Aug 19, 2010
 
Amanda wrote:
Snakes are disgusting and I'm glad it's dead. I don't care if it's a black mamba, rat snake, or gardner snake. I don't know why you think that we should all be able to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous snakes. It's not every day that you get a 6 foot snake sliding around central MN! As far as I'm concerned, a snake is a snake and the person who killed it should be hailed a hero. Snakes have 1 purpose on this planet, and that's to make purses and shoes.
You are an absolute moron.
Jon

Phoenix, AZ

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Aug 19, 2010
 
a harmless black rat snake, its a shame you guys had to kill it.
Jonathan

Los Angeles, CA

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Aug 19, 2010
 
So a completely harmless (and somewhat rare) animal is killed and the killer is treated like a hero?

Most dogs could do more damage to someone than that snake....let's see the praise if I bludgeon someone's poodle to death with an ice axe.
Aaron Bayer

Montgomery, AL

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Aug 21, 2010
 
That snake is clearly not a black mamba. It is in fact a Black Rat Snake... a harmless species native to the U.S. Everyone involved with the ignorant killing of the harmless creature should be slapped.

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