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I reckon your average parky will have a job catching them more then likly kill them outrite with a machete or something like that, sad if this happens, as our last govo seemed to like diversity and they have gone    keith
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 May 2010 at 5:37pm
I'm still finding previously unrecorded snakes - here's one from today I'd not seen before (fairly small, 75cm, and like the one from a couple of days ago, with a big Camden mouse bulge in the middle)


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Same one again today - huddled up under a cloudy sky and about 50m from where it was a couple of weeks ago.  Mouse bulge now gone.


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Hello.

I am a reporter for the Camden New Journal and am writing
an article about these canalside non-native snake
species. I would love to speak to anyone who has seen
them and I am also interested in the claim that park
authorities might be thinking of removing them.

I heard that someone found a green rat snake in the
vicinity recently. Does anyone know if there is any truth
in this?

Anyone who would like to get in touch can call me on 020
7424 3255 or email josh@camdennewjournal.co.uk
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What will people say? shall we keep these lovely animals? they are doing no
harm are they?

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Hi Josh

In my view this population is probably doomed to extinction; it occupies a relatively small part of the Regent's Canal, and probably numbers no more than a few dozen (max) adults (I've found 17 different animals over the last three years).  Egg laying sites are probably a limiting factor, and I imagine that ZSL / London Zoo isn't too keen on them (more because Joe Public is likely to think that if Aesculapian snakes can 'escape' from the Zoo then so could Black Mambas etc, although I've heard it alleged that these snakes were deliberately released rather than escaped). 

Of course we can't stop you from writing something, but if it encourages people to try to catch the snakes and / or kill them, it could tip this vulnerable population over the edge.  If you do write about them, I would urge you to emphasise that they are harmless and they eat rats!   Also that they don't present a threat to native species (at least not in Camden) and that they have survived, unobtrusively, at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay for nearly 40 years.  Finally the banks of the Canal can be dangerous (steep, slippery and with broken glass, dirty needles etc) so not a habitat to encourage people to explore (especially kids)

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think about the only dangerous thing on the canal banks are discarded druggo needles and old condoms,
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If you go to www.islingtontribune.com and put the word 'snake' in the search facility you can see a reasonably balanced article on the Camden Aesculapian snakes (apart from the headline, which I guess is designed to lure the reader into reading on!)  I hope the snakes remain unmolested - fortunately they'll be underground in a few weeks' time..
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Originally posted by will will wrote:

If you go to www.islingtontribune.com and
put the word 'snake' in the search facility you can see a
reasonably balanced article on the Camden Aesculapian
snakes (apart from the headline, which I guess is
designed to lure the reader into reading on!)? I hope the
snakes remain unmolested - fortunately they'll be
underground in a few weeks' time..


What a lovely piece that Tribune article is. Makes a
change from the sensationalist nonsense one sees in other
rags.

0/sep/feature-camden-creature-amphibian-and-reptile-
trust-says-our-waterways-are">The Camden Creature
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Originally posted by Conners Conners wrote:

Originally posted by will will wrote:

If you go to
www.islingtontribune.com and
put the word 'snake' in the search facility you can see a
reasonably balanced article on the Camden Aesculapian
snakes (apart from the headline, which I guess is
designed to lure the reader into reading on!)? I hope
the
snakes remain unmolested - fortunately they'll be
underground in a few weeks' time..


What a lovely piece that Tribune article is. Makes a
change from the sensationalist nonsense one sees in other
rags.

0/sep/feature-camden-creature-amphibian-and-reptile-
trust-says-our-waterways-are">The Camden Creature



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