Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sssnake Sssurgery

Connie, one of our corn snakes, managed to get herself into a bit of a pickle. We're still investigating how she got herself inside of the tag in one of our volunteer's shirt.

She couldn't move herself forward through the tag, because it was too narrow. Her scales prevented her from backing out. As you can see in the photo above, she was wedged pretty tightly in the tag- so tightly that her eyes had started to bulge.

I was called to bring my small pointy dissecting scissors. I usually use them to clip small pieces of butterfly wings when I need them for DNA analysis. They were perfect for this job. Jamie did the cutting of the tag. I did photo documentation (apologies for the quality- these were done with my cell phone).

Just another day at the office. All ends well.

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At 17:52, Blogger Randy Emmitt said...

What a great pet to have around the office. Great job on getting it out of the fix it got into.

At 22:35, Blogger Ur-spo said...

never a dull moment
Did any one propose killing the snake rather than cutting the garment?

At 10:21, Blogger robin andrea said...

A good deed well done!

At 11:56, Blogger Jim said...

Glad to hear that Connie is well again. :)

At 13:41, Blogger Dave Coulter said...

Thanksssss Ssssnake Ressssscue!

At 04:40, Blogger Alan said...

You are lucky it was just a name tag. Some years ago one of our volunteers here at Bristol was doing a demonstration with a snake and it stuck its head down here shirt and got caught up with her bra strap. She had to hurriedly leave the room!

At 07:17, Anonymous Pablo said...

Such little vignettes really go together to make up a rich life.

At 00:56, Blogger Marvin said...

A well documented rescue. This seems to fall under the heading of "There's Always Something".

At 23:54, Anonymous Green Living said...

It seems quite tame, how nice.

At 01:21, Blogger Kathie Brown said...

Oh MY! So glad you saved her! She is beautiful!


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