Newsflash Hippies: We Just Watched This Rattlesnake Swim So Stop Saying Quabbin Reservoir Fears Are Myths


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A couple months ago we wrote about what a dumb idea it was to bring rattlesnakes to the Quabbin Reservoir. Ya know, since they can swim and all. It appeared as if the movement to keep them out won, but then we saw this today in the Turtlegram:


So this lady Melissa Amarello, who lives in Arizona, really wants rattlesnakes on some random island in Western MA. She says that opposition from people who live here is based on “fears and myths.” Ya know, like the myth that rattlesnakes can’t swim. Except here’s a video of a rattlesnake swimming up a storm in Lake George:

Damn nature, you scary!!! So yea, why would anyone who lives around the Quabbin Reservoir want rattlesnakes on this uninhabited island? What do they gain from that? People can’t go out there, so we can’t see them. The snakes can swim when they inevitably run out of food, and then they’ll eventually stumble upon someones kitty cat in Hardwick or Petersham. So yea, there’s a huge risk and not much reward. Sounds like a great idea conservation hippies!!!


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17 Comment(s)
  • Barnyard
    June 23, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I would love to see a rattler eat a cat or a chicken. What a joke. Ps…keep your coyote food penned in…or indoors.

  • George Zielinski
    June 20, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    This is just a smokescreen. A bunch of nuts are carrying out the so called “New England rattlesnake repopulation program”. this insane organization releases pairs of rattlesnakes all over New England, runs out of Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island.

  • Fatfingr Lou
    June 15, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Jake don’t surf!

  • Herpetologist
    June 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Rattlesnake Lives Matter!

  • Tudor turtle
    June 15, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Put them in Boston. They have a major rat problem there.

  • JoeMomma
    June 15, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Just put the snakes on Beacon Hill, it’s already infested with them.

  • JJMcCool
    June 15, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Leave the snakes alone! Geez man, rattlesnakes at Quabbin are better than hood rats on Worthington Street in Springfield.

  • Prickley Pete
    June 15, 2016 at 2:13 am

    This is in the top 3 stupidest ideas in Mass ever. Kill them. They are snakes.

  • Frike Mancesa
    June 14, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    What a useless article, I mean come on Turtleboy. The snakes aren’t gonna do anything. They’re gonna stay right there on the islands for years and years and years. They ain’t gonna bother anyone. They’ll be fine there. They’ll find food. And you go and show a video of one swimming and all of the sudden a mass rattlesnake attack on humans is imminent? I mean come on now. And you’re worried about a cat? A cat? Ya know how many cats are killed by coyotes every year? I mean come on now turtleboy

    • ProfessorM
      June 14, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      So…. You, of course, won’t mind if we release them in your backyard then, right?

      • Frike Mancesa
        June 15, 2016 at 6:11 am

        Of course I would mind. An island in the middle of a huge reservoir is a different story. There are rattlesnakes out in the Berkshires. You never hear about them because, you know, they never create news by attacking people.

        • ProfessorM
          June 15, 2016 at 8:04 am

          It’s not in the middle. There are homes less than a half a mile from where they want to release these snakes. Farms that depend on the chickens and other small animals that would be affected by these snakes. So, no, it’s not in the middle of nowhere.

          • Ockham
            June 21, 2016 at 5:16 am

            Have you been to Quabbin? There are no homes within a half mile of anything out there. It’s more than a mile and a half of deep woods between any homes and the water. It’s about a half a mile between homes…. I don’t know where you live but it sure looks like the middle of nowhere to me!

  • Gronkmonster
    June 14, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    You do know we have Timber rattlers in New England right ?? Large den of them was found by the worcester airport during a brish clean up…Ohh the horror..Hide yo wife hide yo kids!!!

  • Shackleford
    June 14, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I propose whacking day as a new holiday. We can whack snakes to the sweet, soothing relaxing sounds of Barry White, awww baby.

  • Sal Monella
    June 14, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Really? Do you know how tasty they are? I’ll fire up the BBQ as soon as I see one.

  • Bob Saget
    June 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I think as long as you kill it with fire everything should be fine.

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