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    Posted: 01 Jun 2008 at 4:47pm

I really didn`t like the way this chap handles grass snakes.   He may well be doing some type of send up or micky take, I am not sure.  Whatever he is doing there is no need to handle an animal like this.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk4WsrxJbMM&feature=relat ed



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Very poor, he actually looked scared that it would bite him

Most grassies if allowed to curl around the hand will calm down in seconds after the initial thrash as I'm sure you know Peter. Hope nobody from here takes this as a lesson on handling grass snakes, absolutley awful to see him lifting it by the tail tip without supporting the animals body weight, obvioulsy no idea of how delicate the creature he was handling actually is  Hope he doesn't try that technique with a youngish adder without controlling the sharp end

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Originally posted by GemmaJF GemmaJF wrote:

Hope nobody from here takes this as a lesson on handling grass snakes, absolutley awful to see him lifting it by the tail tip without supporting the animals body weight, obvioulsy no idea of how delicate the creature he was handling actually is

Exactly!  I have never been bitten by a grass snake.  They tend to wrap around the hand within seconds of capture as you rightly state.  The video is a terrible example to set and leaves anybody who doesn`t know better with the impression that grass snakes are dangerous to handle.  I shuddered when I saw the animal swinging suspended by the tip of it`s tail with no support like that.

 

 

 

 

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Originally posted by GemmaJF GemmaJF wrote:

  Hope he doesn't try that technique with a youngish adder without controlling the sharp end

maybe he should try it...teach him a lesson!

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maybe he should try it...teach him a lesson!

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The thought never crossed my mind

Seriously though if anyone is going out without a lot of experience and is wondering how they ought to handle animals just ask. We have plenty of people here with ooodles of experience that can give the correct techniques that will not harm the animals. I'm about to start a thread on handling neo grassies, so I'm not afraid to ask for advice myself despite having caught and handled several thousand animals.

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Well he also has one about the Adder!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ6TiPFcRm8&NR=1

 

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What a complete idiot.

 

Something tells me that he may have watched a Steve Irwin programme or two.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDk6YwHv5D0&feature=relat ed

 

CRIKEY MATE WHAT A WHOPPER!   WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!



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Looking at his hand movements I'd say he's been watching Austin Stevens too much. And it looks like he filmed both clips in Epping Forest, have to keep an eye out for him....
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He's going to get bitten if he keeps handling young adders like that without supporting and controlling the front end.. if not by the adder by me if I come across him
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He seems to think our Adder is the same genus as the Puff Adder and Russells Viper!  Last time I looked they were Bitis and Daboia.
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