Snake Rescue NJ
In 30 years of snake rescue, I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I said I have saved over 1000 snakes. From wild Black Ratsnakes caught in deer nets and Black Racers stabbed by rakes, to a Burmese Python hiding in a church basement crawl space, to 50 venomous snakes taken by NJ Fish And Wildlife in a raid, I have not seen every species of snake but I have to be pretty close!
The amazing colors of the Rhinoceros Viper makes it one of my favorite snakes. Though extremely dangerous, it has a temperament similar to a Burmese Python. It is sedate, even placid, rarely upset and even reluctant to bite. Bites do happen of course, as they do with all animals. And since if this one gets you, you are in serious trouble I do not recommend them as pets. I’ve had 3 of these, unfortunately they were infected by their previous, and illegal, owner with a fatal form of amoeba!
This Boa Constrictor came to me with a very severe case of stomatitis, (mouth rot.) It needed antibiotic injections, topical antibiotic ointment on its gums and then we needed to force feed it. The owner loved it but ran into a very common problem of reptile keepers, the veterinarian was too expensive. This snake rescue was successful but only after about a month of care. A ruinous expense at the vets!
A baby Copperhead, that was minding his own business until somebody stuck their hand into its face! The man was gardening and it was a complete accident. Unfortunately for both them it didn’t end well. The man needed snake bite treatment and was medi-evacuated to NY and the snake was killed. Copperheads are generally peaceful snakes. There are many recorded instances of children handling them and being unharmed. I never got a chance on this snake rescue, my role was strictly one of identification.
A beautiful Albino Reticulated Python that was left on a nature center’s doorstep. Curiously the box it was left in was full of sand. I am consistently amazed that people use the internet so little as to not know that sand is the last substrate as snake of this type would need. In this case, the snake rescue was a success but the snake died anyway. Mysteriously and suddenly, “Sandy” died within 6 months of her rescue, she was full of sand!
An Eastern Milksnake that showed up on bright morning caught in someone’s coffee maker cord. She was released latter that day.
Snakes-N-Scales is the only organization in NJ that rescues Anacondas. The reason is simple, they’re difficult! The word often used is irascible, which is a kind way of saying they bite for no reason or any reason at all. I’ve had them bite through my clothes on several occasions, I had one actually go inside the glove I was wearing, with my hand in it! They are unpredictable and quick to anger. They’re bites are unpleasant but not generally dangerous. I never gotten an infected bite from an anaconda and they usually let go quickly. We use these magnificent beasts in several shows: Radical Reptiles Party, Radical Reptiles Assembly, The Snake Experience, Snake Party, Tropical Rainforest Assembly, and our After Schools programs .
We would be happy to discuss any snake related matter with you. However all seriously venomous snakes, (not hognoses and garters) are illegal in NJ and we will not take them. We can help you get them into the proper hands.