From the Wild

When a friend called to tell me his granddaughter had acquired a pet garter snake and asked how she could feed it, I wondered how long this young girl would remain interested in such a pet. I also wondered how I felt about removing an animal from the wild, even though two of our snakes […]

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Sign at Buenos Aires NWR

Warning Signs

Most people flee when they spot a sign warning of rattlesnakes in the area. On the other hand, a good number of people completely disregard signs warning of bears, bison, moose, elk, or any other charismatic animal, approaching too closely to an animal and possibly blocking its escape route. Recently, an agitated cow moose was […]

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Kathy Mulcahy holding Roggen

Condolences for Roggen

We wish to thank everyone for your kind comments and condolences on the loss of our western hognose snake, Roggen. We have heard from friends and even a few strangers by email, in person, by phone, via Facebook, and by comments on our blog. Since this is the first snake we have lost in over […]

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ROGGEN, the western hognose

R.I.P. Roggen

We cried when our dog died over 30 years ago. We cried when our cat died in the mid ’90s. We cried when our hamster and our turtle and our parakeet each died. And only a week after watching our bullsnake Hatch leave with our zookeeper friend Bryon Shipley, we cried when our western hognose […]

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Parting with Hatch

For almost the past ten years we have traveled with four snakes. One of these snakes, our bullsnake Hatch, turned 10 this August. Chuck hatched her out in an incubator at the Denver Zoo after a pair of bullsnakes at Cherry Creek State Park in the Denver area produced 13 eggs. Hatch’s was the only […]

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