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    Posted: 24 Apr 2007 at 5:05pm
I've raised this issue on other forums before but wondered how others here felt about it.

As we know it can be a tough job getting joe public to warm to reptiles , especially snakes , and i've often thought that the names chosen do not help.
For example:
Death Adder
Hissing B****rd snake
Puff adder
Tiger snake
King Brown
Cotton mouth
Lancehead
Many are very harsh , hard sounding names that give the wrong first impression, maybe?
Would someone warm to a dog called the Death Guard dog, or Howling B*****rd Hound?
When we compare these names to those of butterflies
Painted Lady
Red Admiral
Silver studded
Eros blue
Fratillary
These all give the impression of something beautiful and delicate , like jewels

Maybe the adder should be called ... Heather ghost snake
And the grassy the River iris snake LOL!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Alan Hyde Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2007 at 5:12pm
I've just thought, this should be retitled. Of course it's not herpers fault , snakes have been demonised for centurys.
This thread should be called, "Bad Press , are herpetologists helping the situation?"
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East African Gaboon
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Nice heavy breathing puffie snake


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wolfgang Wuster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Apr 2007 at 4:32am
Cripes Tony, you can barely see the tube in the thumbnail photo. I never had you down as a freehandler...



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AGILIS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Apr 2007 at 3:11am
 Rat snake should be called Rodent control or disspersal snake 
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Hi Keith,
Indeed! That would make snake haters stop and think.

Yellow Rodent Controler
Bairds Rodent controler

Ah now if i'd discovered my fave, the rhino viper it'd be called the, Velvet Forest Jewel

Imagine Attenboroughs narration. Instead of Spooky music in the background and, "Here on the forest floor the highly venomous Rhino viper waits silently for prey" it could be, "Here on the forest floor a species rarely documented on natural history programmes. It's a shy delicate species called the velvet forest Jewel"

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Brown Parrot
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constrictors called be called the huggy Huggy (my  abo name )the snake  that loves to hug you

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LOL!
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