While there are quite some fans of the cold-blooded reptiles, the vast majority of us are freaked out by snakes. We don’t mind them living in faraway forests or jungles or remote islands, but the thought of having them close to our homes is scary. This is exactly what a community from Massachusetts is going through as the National Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to relocate a colony of timber rattlesnakes quite close to a community of people.
Rattlesnakes are native to the state of Massachusetts, and they were once famous for appearing on a yellow flag in the Revolutionary War, known as the Gadsden Flag. This flag is nowadays associated with several political movements like the American Tea Party and libertarianism. However, when faced with the scary thought of sharing their habitat with the snakes, this is the last thing in the minds of the residents of Massachusetts.
This particular species of snakes is endangered at the moment, since only two hundred of them are still living in their natural habitat. Since the state has not received any help in this regard, the Fish and Wildlife Service has taken matters into its hands and plans to move a bunch of rattlesnakes on an isolated island.
The island in question is Mount Zion Island, which is located in the Quabbin Reservoir. Since it is considered to be secluded, it might be a perfect solution for the rattlesnakes which would have 1,400 acres just for themselves. All animals would be tagged in order to be tracked and thus the Fish and Wildlife Service could keep a close eye on them.
However, the issue appeared because of a thin road that connects the island to the land. The residents of Massachusetts believe the snakes will manage to escape the island and slither into their homes. Their concerns are right since seven to eight thousand people are bitten by snakes each year. The venom of rattlesnakes is known to act quite rapidly.
But the problem does not necessarily stand in the road that links the island to the rest of the world. Snakes are also known to have the ability to swim. On the other hand, if the animals are provided with everything they need, from food, water and shelter, they will not need to wander off their premises. Even though their survival is important, people must think about their safety first.
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