Guys if you could help out an awesome Iguana, i remember when my iguana Lizzy had this exact thing…it’s a simple thing to fix, but rescues are rescues and unfortunately are not made of money and giving would be really great. A lot of iguanas every year never get the medical attention they need because it’s too expensive. and people dont realize just how much a responsibility a reptile can be ESPECIALLY iguanas. it’s their number 1 cause of death in captivity, lack of medical care and proper husbandry to prevent their medical needs. lucky for Stevie, the iguana that needs our help!, Stevie has found Kim who runs a reptile rescue in North Carolina called Southern Reptile Saviors INC. For year;s she’s helped out reptiles in need and has nursed so many back to health to find forever homes! visit the fundrazer here: Help Stevie! $2, $1, $5 or $10 would help so much! dig deep guys! and their official facebook page here.: Southern Reptile Savior INC
so there has been a lot of talk in my area recently about the Appalachian Mountain people. these people often involve venemous snakes in their rituals and religious practices. the belief being, if you are a true believer and have true faith in God you will not get bitten.
another thing that is controversial is that they will milk the snakes [ collect their venom ] and put their venom in a jar and dilute the venom with water, pass it around and drink it. the belief being that it will build a tolerance for the venom.
there are 2 very big things here that are not correct…
1 being that snakes will bite you when they are scared, or in pain. even if you have raised them with you since the day they were born
2 ingesting snake venom does not build a tolerance to the venom, in most cases it makes a bite from that kind of snake more deadly. for example, if you survive 2 rattle snake bites, you are not likely to survive the 3rd even with all the medicine and anti venin at your side…it’s just how the chemistry works in most cases. it is also why being a snake milker is a very very dangerous job.
its a numbers game…and games are not meant to be played with snakes…and there isnt a lot of room for ignorance.
The venom of the black mamba snake, one of the world’s deadliest poisons administered by one of the world’s deadliest reptiles, can kill you within half an hour. Untreated bites have a mortality rate of 100%.
Hidden in the grim cocktail the snake carries, though, are a couple of proteins with a remarkably different effect. Research published this week in Nature has revealed two molecules in mamba venom that can eliminate pain with as much potency as morphine, suggesting an unusual new source for painkillers.
i do want to warn you guys, this is a really graphic video, and i couldnt get through most of it because its so terrible to watch an amazing animal go through all this for the sake of ‘tradition’
Rattlesnake Roundups are events common in the rural Midwest and Southern United States, where the primary attractions are captured wild rattlesnakes which are sold, displayed, and often killed for food or to create animal products such as snakeskin. Typically a round-up will also include trade stalls and other features associated with fairs. The largest rattlesnake round-up in the United States is held in Sweetwater, Texas. Held every year since 1958, the event currently attracts approximately 30,000 visitors per year and in 2006 each annual Round-Up was said to result in the capture of 1% of the state’s rattlesnake population.
Cash prizes and trophies are often given out to participants. The events often attract thousands of tourists, which can bring hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue into small towns; the Sweetwater Round-Up’s economic impact was estimated to exceed US$5 million in 2006. Snake collectors often make large profits selling snakes at the events.
Rattlesnake round-ups became a concern by animal rights groups and conservationists due to claims of animal cruelty and excessive threat of future endangerment. Some Round-Ups responded by imposing catch size restrictions or releasing captured snakes back into the wild.
there is a petition out there you can sign to bring this to the attention of the White House if you live here in the United States America, the only place Rattlesnakes live.
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