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Posted by Mr Bo Jangles on October 29, 2001 at 03:52:58:
So, if any of you guys ever wondered what the best setup for a corn snake in Australia was, well, I'm here to tell you.
The best setup for a corn snake is your freezer. Yep, that's right, your freezer. Keep them at about -5.C and leave them in the setup for about a night. When you wake up the next morning you should place your corn snake into another setup.
The new setup should ideally be a bag, a plastic bag. Now, one last thing, you will need to take your corn snake in it's current setup and transfer into the next setup. Is the new setup an incinerator by any chance?
Well, you guessed it. The new setup is indeed an incinerator and it should ideally be quite hot to ensure that it can kill any bacteria, viruses or other pathogens.
Your corn snake should now morph into a charcoal corn snake. You know, the morph with different shades of greys?
You see, this is Australia, and the only good corn snake is a charcoal corn snake ;-) These things have extraordinary feral potential in this country. We have one of the most stable temperate climates on Earth, which would allow the corn snake to become a well established introduced predator. We have very few (if at all) natural predators that would be able to properly control the colonisation of the corn snake. The corn snake is a prolific colubrid with many avenues for predation which includes lizards and very small mammals, such as many of our tiny pigmy marsupials which would unfortunately be on the corn snake's tasty menu.
Clean up Australia, put your corn snakes in your kitchen freezers. Do the right thing, don't fall for good looks or that momentary novelty appeal. These things are pests just waiting to lay waste to our biodiversity!
If they were legalised now they wouldn't be a problem, for now that is....Wait, just wait, 10 to 20 years or so, then you'll begin to see the problem emerging with people dumping their unwanted surplus corn snakes into places where they shouln't go!
"Hey, I have some baby corn snakes for sale, does anyone want them, they're $10 each?"
"Sorry, but our pet shop has enough corn snakes to last us for quite some time before we sell them all, in fact we're having a hard time selling our corn snakes, sorry we can't help you. We just gave a boy another one for free because he lost his corn snake on the way home."
"Ah, that's alright, I'll just dump them in the back reserve, or maybe down at the creek. Don't want to kill these poor little things."
The hard brutal fact is, those "poor little things" will end up breeding, which will simply ram another nail in the coffin. The coffin being biodiversity and stability of our ecosystems, which unfortunately are in the midst of intermittent threats.
Do Australia a favour guys, get rid of all your exotics, they aren't wanted here, they aren't needed here. They are a problem waiting to happen, a time bomb waiting to explode.
Go on, take the advice, and defuse that bomb while you still have time. What advantage are these pests?! The novelty wears off sooner or later and in time they become another problem.
All the best,
Mr Bo Jangles.