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Posted by gila7150 on April 07, 2003 at 01:38:52:
In Reply to: Coral snakes like crazy... posted by hippiebri on April 06, 2003 at 12:32:49:
I'm not sure about the Tampa area. I know George at the St. Cloud Serpentarium has a colony of established corals that he extracts venom from. I don't know if he has a need for any more at this time.
Coral snakes are incredible animals but make pretty lousy captives. If it was me, I'd probably just find a nice rural area to relocate it (with a lot of ground cover or pine needles to burrow in.) I'd rather see a gravid female released in a suitable habitat where she can lay her eggs than subjected to the stress of a venom lab.
I'm glad a responsible person found her rather than someone who would kill it for no reason .
: While working out in the yard today I stumbled upon a huge coral snake in a pile of logs. This is the second one this week. I (Illegally) relocated the 1st from my yard to some local safe woods away from the kids and animals in our yard. I was wondering if there are any of those venom collecting places around the Tampa area that could use the one I stumbled accross today. Its a huge beautiful snake. At the least it will be safely relocated but as I understand it the folks at these venom collecting places have to go out and look pretty hard for the snakes they need so if i have been lucky enough to find such they might be able to use it. Any advice would be appreciated but soon as I won't be holding onto it for long at all. looks like she possibly has some eggs inside her..