Reptile Rescuer Accused of Abandoning Snakes, Spiders at Warehouse [News Blog]

Steve Breinholt, Deseret News
Dozens of venomous snakes, poisonous spiders, alligators, turtles and other creatures are pictured at a warehouse at 641 W. 6960 South in Midvale on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. In a phone interview from his hospital bed at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on Wednesday, James Dix, owner of Utah’s Reptile Rescue Service, said he had a heart attack and that is why he hasn’t been able to care for dozens of venomous snakes, poisonous spiders, alligators, turtles and other creatures at he left at the warehouse.

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MIDVALE — A well-known reptile rescuer is under investigation, accused of abandoning dozens of venomous snakes, poisonous spiders, alligators, turtles and other creatures at a Midvale warehouse for two weeks.

James Dix, owner of Utah’s Reptile Rescue Service, denies abandoning the animals at the warehouse at 641 W. 6960 South. In a phone interview from his hospital bed at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Dix said he had a heart attack and that is why he hasn’t been able to care for the animals. He is currently listed in serious condition.

Despite this, county and state officials say dealing with Dix has been an ongoing saga since the summer.

“Twenty years of my life I’ve dedicated, and now they’re just trying to destroy the rescue and flush it down the toilet,” Dix said.

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James Dix, owner of Reptile Rescue Service, holds several Albino Burmese Pythons Friday Feb. 18, 2011.

Dix left the roughly 100 critters at the warehouse on Jan. 22, according to workers.

“He promised to have these animals out of here in two days,” said Kyle Workman, one of the workers. “It’s been two weeks-plus.”

Workman said Dix had only returned once since that time, and several of the workers had tried to feed and care for the reptiles themselves over concerns of their well-being, despite little experience of how to do so.

He characterized the situation as Dix, a subcontractor for the organization, essentially dropping the reptiles in the workers’ laps.

 

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“It more or less came down to, ‘You will watch these animals,’” Workman said. “‘You employ me, you are obligated to help me.’”

Dix said he got permission from his boss to bring the animals to the warehouse and that his ex-girlfriend was told by the boss that he had no problems having the animals stay a few more days.

Dix said he had to suddenly move the animals out of a building in Magna because the owner got tired of dealing with the Salt Lake County Zoning and Ordinance rules. She sold the building, and the new owner wouldn’t let him stay there. He said he moved them to the Midvale location and only planned on staying there for four or five days while they found another building.

Steve Breinholt, Deseret News

A snake is pictured at a warehouse at 641 W. 6960 South, Midvale, on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. In a phone interview from his hospital bed at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on Wednesday, James Dix, owner of Utah’s Reptile Rescue Service, said he had a heart attack and that is why he hasn’t been able to care for dozens of venomous snakes, poisonous spiders, alligators, turtles and other creatures at he left at the warehouse.

“We were going to move them Friday, and I wound up having a heart attack on the road and had to go to the hospital,” Dix said.

Workman said he ultimately contacted Salt Lake County Animal Services.

“See, one of the lizards has died,” Workman said, pointing to a carcass Tuesday. “We’ve had a few turtles perish.”

Dix said he had friends feeding the critters while he was in the hospital.

Wednesday morning, workers with Salt Lake County Animal Services assessed and removed the creatures from the Midvale location with the help of experts from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Inside the warehouse was an SUV belonging to Dix that was marked with caution signs about venomous snakes and reptiles inside.

Salt Lake County Animal Services spokeswoman Callista Pearson said Tuesday that Dix was already under investigation for suspicion of animal cruelty and abandonment after workers roughly two weeks ago removed and relocated nearly 150 animals from a space in Magna that Dix had been occupying. Pearson said a quarter of the animals appeared to be undernourished.

“It looked to us as if he had not fed or watered them for an extended period of time,” Pearson said.

Dix denies it.

“I didn’t know anything about that, but we are a rescue and some stuff comes in rough, and moving animals in the winter affects them, can put them in shock, hypothermia because they are all temperature related,” he said.

Pearson said the case would ultimately have to be screened by county prosecutors.

Dix, who was awaiting surgery Thursday, said it was not unusual for his service to receive animals that were undernourished, and he suggested that the recent matter in Magna was simply part of an ongoing dispute with the county.

He maintained that the animals he had were generally well-cared for.

Comment on this story“This is 20 years of dedicated service to the state of Utah and all the cities and counties who relied on me,” Dix said. “This has cost me thousands and thousands of dollars dedicated to whenever they call 24/7, 365 days a week, and the last thing we would do is just leave our animals and walk away from it. That’s not what happened.”

Workman said the reptiles left at the warehouse would likely receive better care if turned over to animal services.

“This is not the environment for these reptiles,” Workman said. “It’s not our responsibility as a business owner to take care of rescued animals.”

 

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Keeping Pets Safe from Snakes

Avoiding a Snake Encounter

To avoid snakes is really a rather difficult task. The main suggestion given is to try to keep the pet indoors as much a possible during the season when snakes are highly active.  According to the school of veterinary medicine that is April -October.  However this is likely very difficult to impossible for many pet owners.

Well, as far as snakes are concerned- keep in mind that most snakes want to be left alone… However when a curious pup comes along sniffing every hole in the ground, tree trunk, and leaf pile, BOOM they can get a strike from a serpentine creature that neither of you were planning on.

It is possible that your dog would be out playing when such an encounter occurs– and so, you might suddenly find your pet in distress, and not doing well. But, if you ARE with your pup walking on a trail, etc when a snake bite occurs.. Try to get a picture of the snake for reference. If your pet has been bitten, seek medical care for it immediately.

dog on leafy trail

 

If your pet is acting unwell — the animal might be in shock. The following actions are recommended to treat your pet and keep them safe. You must act quickly to give your dog the best chance for a full recovery.

EXAMINE

Examine the dog or cat, by looking him over closely. Probe the back and down the legs.

Take note of any swollen areas.

—if you do NOT see a laceration, scratch etc., the culprit causing the issue is not visible so, therefore, could be a bite.

Carry the animal to a clean smooth area such as a tile floor, where you have good lighting.

Examine and look for puncture wounds they will likely have blood coming out.

If it has been bitten by a venomous snake, the swelling will be apparent and move rapidly up the leg.

 

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SOME SYMPTOMS

Animal is not acting like theirself

The animal yelps/cries out in pain

Swelling on the paws, face or legs

Weakness

Collapse

Drooling

Vomiting

Disorientation

Difficulty Breathing

 

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WHAT TO DO

Restrict the animal’s activity – this will reduce the effect of the venom.

Seek medical assistance immediately.

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Snakes on a Plane for Emotional Support – News Blog

By George F. Will: Snakes on a plane for emotional support?

WASHINGTON — When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America’s ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel. You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize — say, 7-feet long — boa constrictor named Oscar coiled contentedly, or so you hope, in the seat next to you. Oscar is an “emotional-support animal.” He belongs to the person in the seat on the other side of him, and he is a manifestation of a new item, or the metastasizing of an old item, on America’s menu of rights. Fortunately, the federal government is on the case, so you can relax and enjoy the flight.

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Rainbow Boa Constrictor

 

The rapid recent increase of emotional-support animals in airplane cabins is an unanticipated consequence of a federal law passed with the best of intentions, none of which pertained to Dexter the peacock, more about whom anon. In 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development told providers of public housing that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) mandates “reasonable accommodations” for persons who require “assistance animals.”

The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 allows access to animals trained to provide emotional support. Federal guidelines say airlines must allow even emotional-support animals that have a potential to “offend or annoy” passengers, but that airlines are allowed to — let us not sugarcoat this — discriminate against some “unusual” animals.

Yet a New York photographer and performance artist named, according to The Associated Press, Ventiko recently was denied the right to board her Newark-to-Los Angeles flight with her “emotional-support peacock,” for whom Ventiko had bought a ticket.

And there is a 29-year-old traveler who insists that she cannot “think about life without” Stormy, her emotional-support parakeet. So, if Oscar’s owner says Oscar provides support, and the owner lawyers up …

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In contemporary America, where whims swiftly become necessities en route to becoming government-guaranteed entitlements, it is difficult to draw lines. Besides, lines are discouraged lest someone (or some species?) be “stigmatized” by being “marginalized.” The line JetBlue has drawn dehumanizes snakes. Yes, they are not technically human, but don’t quibble. Anyway, soon enough there will be a lobby (“Rights for Reptiles”?), and lobbies are precursors to entitlements.

JetBlue is attempting to fly between the Scylla of passengers discomforted by a duck waddling down the aisle (even though it is wearing a diaper; this has happened more than once) and the Charybdis of animal advocates who are hypersensitive to speciesism, aka anti-pet fascism.

JetBlue says that “unusual animals” such as “snakes, other reptiles, ferrets, rodents and spiders” are verboten, even as emotional-support animals.

Southwest rather sternly says that passengers accompanied by emotional-support animals had better have papers from credentialed experts certifying “a mental or emotional disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — Fourth Edition.” But the DSM already accords the status of disability to almost every imaginable human trait or quirk and is eager to imagine new ones.

Delta experienced a nearly one-year doubling of what it delicately calls “incidents” (urinating, defecating, biting). “Farm poultry,” hedgehogs and creatures with tusks are unwelcome on Delta, which is going to be alert regarding the booming market for forged documents attesting to emotional neediness. The Association of Flight Attendants is pleased, perhaps because one of its members was asked to give a dog oxygen because the dog’s owner said it was having a panic attack.

Now, let us, as the lawyers say, stipulate a few things. Quadrupeds, and no-peds like Oscar, have done a lot less damage to the world than have bipeds, and often are better mannered than many of today’s human air travelers. Animals can be comforting to anyone and can be therapeutic to the lonely, the elderly with symptoms of senescence, and soldiers and others suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies have purported to show that people living with pets derive myriad benefits, including lower cholesterol.

But the proliferation of emotional-support animals suggests that a cult of personal fragility is becoming an aspect of the quest for the coveted status of victim. The cult is especially rampant in colleges and universities, which increasingly embrace the therapeutic mission of assuaging the anxieties of the emotionally brittle. There, puppies are deployed to help students cope with otherwise unbearable stresses, such as those caused by final exams or rumors of conservatism.

George Will’s email address is georgewill@washpost.com

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/opinion/ci_31652011/snakes-plane-emotional-support#ixzz56YvYuSUv

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Snake Trapper Collapses – Hours Later from Venom

HOURS after a snake catcher “felt nothing” from an eastern brown strike, his kidneys began to shut down. An expert says it’s due to a “stupid” misconception.

AUSTRALIA is home to some of the most venomous snakes in the world meaning snake handlers, the people tasked to get rid of them out of our homes and cars, are kept exceptionally busy.

But recently, a number of snake catchers and venomous snake owners have found themselves in the hospital at an increasing rate — and it has a lot to do with a common misconception.

William Pledger, an experienced snake catcher from Gympie, was recently called to a property in the rural Queensland town to get rid of an eastern brown snake.

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Eastern browns have some of the most toxic venom in the world.

Speaking to the Gympie TimesMr Pledger realised he’d made a mistaken when he left “too much of him to turn around” when he was trying to rescue him from a garden bed.

The metre-long snake whipped around and latched onto his hand.

“I didn’t feel the bite at all,” he told the paper, referring to the snake’s fangs that had pierced his knuckle.

Moments before he was bitten.

William Pledger in hospital.
William Pledger in hospital. Source: Facebook
The bite which almost killed the snake catcher.
The bite which almost killed the snake catcher. Source: Facebook

One of Melbourne’s most prominent snake catchers, Raymond Hoser, known as the “Snake Man”, has hit out at the term “dry bite”, calling them “rare as rockinghorse s**t”.

“Dozens of snake handlers have died thinking they were dry bites. These people getting bitten thinking there’s no pain but they just collapse and die,” he told news.com.au.

“Dry bites aren’t common. I want to know who came up with the bulls**t over dry bites.”

Mr Hoser, who has been running the educational snake show Snakebusters since 2006, said the chance of a dry bite “is basically zero”.

Mr Hoser said Queensland has a bad track record when it comes to snake catchers having accidents.

“Queensland is the worst. There’s handlers teaching other handlers who have no expertise whatsoever and they go out and catch snakes with metal tongs. It’s not good,” he said.

Despite Mr Pledger’s harrowing experience with the eastern brown, he said his eyes have been open to the risks.

“It’s good to get a wake-up call every now and again, but I don’t want one like this for a few more years,” he said.

CREDIT: news.com.au

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Southern Florida’s Four Venomous Snake Species

Southern Florida’s Four Venomous Snake Species [Native]

There are four venomous snakes that flourish in central and southern Florida, namely the eastern diamondback, the eastern coral snake, the dusky pygmy rattlesnake and the Florida cottonmouth, also known as the water moccasin.

 Florida offers ideal weather conditions and habitat for dozens of snake species, but only four of those snake species are classified as venomous. Venomous snakes inject venom when they bite. Although venomous snakes are often described as poisonous, venomous snakes aren’t actually poisonous since poison must be ingested rather than injected. Technically, there’s no such thing as a poisonous snake. Venomous snakes, on the other hand, are dangerous and should be avoided.

Florida residents shouldn’t be overly concerned about non-venomous snakes, but it’s important to note that it can be difficult to distinguish between the previously mentioned venomous snakes and certain non-venomous snake species. It should also be mentioned that north Florida is home to the timber rattlesnake and the copperhead.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest venomous snake species in the United States. The average length of an eastern diamondback is between five and six feet. This dangerous venomous snake will strike from a classic coiled position and can extend half of its body length to reach a target. Never go near an eastern diamondback to avoid serious injury.

Eastern Coral Snake

The eastern coral snake is distinguished by a red and yellow coloration pattern. The venom of the eastern coral snake is neurotoxic, affecting the nervous system and causing paralysis of the diaphragm.

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

The dusky pygmy rattlesnake is a small rattlesnake with an average length of between 15 and 22 inches. The rattle is so small it sounds like a buzzing insect. This venomous snake is gray with colored blotches running along its back. The venom of the dusky pygmy rattlesnake is painful but not lethal. This particular snake accounts for more Florida snakebites than any other venomous snake species.

Florida Cottonmouth

Also known as a water moccasin, the Florida cottonmouth is a venomous water snake. This dangerous venomous snake is characterized by its solid dull black or patterned coloration. The most common way to identify a water moccasin is to watch for the black eye line running from the side of the snake’s eye and down the side of its head. Even baby cottonmouths have this distinctive eye line.

Florida Cottonmouth

Hiring a Snake Professional

Hiring a Snake Professional

What should you do when you realize that you’ve got a snake problem? Perhaps the lush vegetation around your home or business is attracting rats, mice and other rodents. Snakes like to dine on birds and rodents. One of those snakes might even slip through a crack or tiny hole to enter your attic and hunt down the rats and mice that are living in the walls and floors of your home or business.

Snake had receded into a dark area in the walls of the home. The Go-Pro camera technology was used to secure its location and capture the snake for removal.

 

You could purchase a snake trap, but that never seems to work. What should you do? Well, like most professional services, it usually saves money in the long run to have an experienced professional do the job right the first time. Not only can a licensed and certified snake removal and control expert eliminate the rodents and snakes from your home or business, they can professionally seal your building so that wild animal can’t get back inside.

Free Onsite Inspections

It’s important to understand what attracts snakes and other wild animals. Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. will complete a free onsite inspection and recommend strategies that rodents and snakes find unacceptable. Snakes are searching for food, water and the hospitality of suitable habitat. In the meantime, how are you going to get those snakes out of your home, business, shed, garage, or outbuilding?

•It isn’t that easy to trap a snake. Even if you succeed, it’s likely that there are still a number of baby snakes living in the building. We are the experts and will do the job right for you.

•Unless you really know how to identify snakes, trapping a snake can be dangerous. You don’t want to tangle with venomous snakes such as the eastern diamondback, the eastern coral snake, the dusky pygmy rattlesnake or the Florida cottonmouth.

•It’s not surprising that most snakebites occur while attempting to remove a snake from a trap or other enclosure.

•Many non-venomous snakes are protected by state or federal law. A snake removal pro has the permits to legally remove and relocate protected snake species.

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. professional wildlife expert when you have a problem with a snake or some other wild animal on your property. Only a snake removal pro has the expertise to remove pest snakes and permanently eliminate the environmental conditions that attracted them in the first place.

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Gordon Ramsey Cooks Florida Python

TV celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay went to Florida with his son in order to, “see how they are ruining the ecosystem.” While he was there, SWFTMD reports, they along with others hunted and killed 3 burmese pythons and cooked one of them with a portable stove. It was reported by officials that  this brought the total number of pythons killed by the regional governing board up to 317.  Ramsay cooked the python on site “using a portable oven.” There is no information released yet on which recipe Gordon Ramsay used. As reported in Food and Wine.

In 2013 Florida launched a contest to see who could kill the highest number of pythons. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “Pythons can be humanely euthanized on private lands at any time with landowner permission and no permit is required. The FWC encourages people to remove pythons from private lands whenever possible.

Gordon Ramsey Cooks Burmese Python
Gordon Ramsey Cooks Burmese Python

Snake Myths that You may already Believe [Lakewood Ranch]

Snake Myths [Lakewood Ranch]

Would you pass a true or false quiz on snake myths?

The red beaked snake looks directly ahead. It is a venomous rear fanged snake.

True or False.  Snakes have slimy skin.

False. It is a myth. Reptiles such as snakes, are covered with scales that are dry, and they do not secrete mucous. However frogs, toads and some other amphibians do and that is why those animals are slimy, but snakes are not.

True or False. You can tell how old a rattlesnake is, by counting the number of segments in his rattle.

False. It is a myth. The reason being is that a rattlesnake gains one rattle each time it sheds its skin. Young rattlers can shed as often as every few weeks. Older ones only shed twice a year. So to assume that a rattlesnake gains one rattle each year and then never loses a rattle bump is not correct. Last, a snake does not keep hold on to all its segments their entire life. As it happens naturally, during the course of a snake’s life and travels, some of them break off, are damaged and lost.

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True or False. Every snake has fangs.

False. It is a myth. Every snake has teeth however only venomous snakes have fangs.

True or False. If a snake’s head is cut from it’s body it can still bite.

TRUE. Did you know that more than half of rattlesnake bites happen after the head has been cut off? Yes it can even still inject venom! Herpetologists suggest that it takes between 24-36 hours before the head can no longer bite.

So how did you do? Pass or fail? If you took the time to read and learn, you win!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

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Snake Removal In Siesta Key Florida

Snake Trapping in Siesta Key FL

White and black snake with black tongue

Snake invasions can occur at any time and almost any place..

The other day, we received a call and the person on the other end said:

“I’ve got a snake under my refrigerator!”

We get these types of calls periodically.  We are very experienced with this situation and we will track and retrieve the intruder, and if it is not a poisonous species, we’ll take it to a habitat better suited for a snake than your home.

What Happens If It Is Poisonous?

If it is a poisonous variety, it will be euthanized in a quick and humane way. Florida has 45 species of snakes, and six of them are venomous. However, there are only 4 venomous species that occur naturally in the West Central FL area. Click here to review those snakes.  Like many predators, snakes can be beneficial in the elimination of unwanted vermin like rats and mice. That doesn’t mean you necessarily want them in your yard. We will gladly remove snakes from your house, yard, shed, pool, and even your attic (that is correct, snakes can climb), and we will relocate or dispose of the snakes that we catch.

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Rainbow Boa Constrictor

We have a whole series to help you identify the venomous snakes in west central Florida.

Take a look at that series here.

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