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(KSTU FOX 13)   Fourth rattlesnake found in university building. Administration officials hope to scale back snake enrollment   (fox13now.com) divider line
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2011-11-03 12:48:51 PM  
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2011-11-03 1:20:29 PM  
Now how are we supposed to complete our labs for Pentecostalism 101?
 
2011-11-03 2:01:22 PM  
Fangs for the headline, subby.
 
2011-11-03 2:04:39 PM  
What was he building?
 
2011-11-03 2:07:25 PM  
Maybe they were just viping the vindows.
 
2011-11-03 2:08:52 PM  

cgraves67: Maybe they were just viping the vindows.


Ugh dammit so much.
 
2011-11-03 2:10:08 PM  
10 points from Slytherin
 
2011-11-03 2:10:52 PM  
It's probably built over a snake pit. Snakes over-winter in dens which can contain large numbers of snakes. A crack in a wall or crawl-space can provide access to the building.

One of my great aunts lived (I think she may still live) in an old farmhouse with a field stone basement. While my mother and aunt were visiting her, they saw a snake slither down the bannister (the house was being worked on so there were open electrical outlets). Both the aunt and great aunt were ophidophobic so my mother had to catch the snake and put it outside. It must have been quite funny.

I lifted a bit of old board in our garden once (there had been a shed there) and found a swarm of lady bugs (lady birds in the UK). There must have been a couple of hundred of them swarming together (snakes and insects keep warm by moving around a bit while over-wintering). They may have been native North American ladybugs rather than the invasive species that dominate in many areas today, in which case I've seen more of them than most people can hope to see in a lifetime.

You can, however, buy ladybugs from natural pest control companies and get a thousand or so by mail.
 
2011-11-03 2:16:15 PM  
Probably Great Basin Rattlesnakes.

Crotalus oreganus lutosus (new window)
 
2011-11-03 2:18:05 PM  
Sounds like a crazy, crazy mixed-up town.
 
2011-11-03 2:19:08 PM  
I think I need to star brantgoose. That was quality rambling.
 
2011-11-03 2:20:57 PM  

medius: I think I need to star brantgoose. That was quality rambling.


Adderall is in short supply...
 
2011-11-03 2:29:41 PM  

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I want these oedipal snakes off my oedipal plane!!

/It is a university, after all
 
2011-11-03 2:30:10 PM  

Doubleodoug: medius: I think I need to star brantgoose. That was quality rambling.

Adderall is in short supply...


i see what you did there...
 
2011-11-03 2:30:47 PM  
Idiots. Do they want to get hit with a discrimination lawsuit?
 
2011-11-03 2:32:42 PM  
Is it a law school, by any chance?

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2011-11-03 2:33:09 PM  
Thats nothing you should see all the slimy snakes in my office building. Except they can be found in front of the computers.
 
2011-11-03 2:36:57 PM  
mottsnil
slimy snakes

wut?
 
2011-11-03 2:38:48 PM  
There are Slytherin at Weber State?
 
2011-11-03 2:53:56 PM  
obligitory homer gif.

http://d22yihw874nvs.cloudfront.net/Homer-shares-my-hatred-of-snakes_ r aw.gif
 
2011-11-03 3:06:46 PM  
I bet that rattled a few folks.
 
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2011-11-03 3:06:58 PM  
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2011-11-03 3:08:38 PM  

patrick767: mottsnil
slimy snakes

wut?


But the computers didn't give you cause for pause, huh?
 
2011-11-03 3:15:03 PM  
My father-in-law is a professor there, and is always armed. I predict this will end loudly.
 
2011-11-03 3:15:23 PM  
I heard that college is a real sausage fest.
 
2011-11-03 3:32:57 PM  
Did anyone recoil in terror?
 
2011-11-03 3:36:18 PM  

PleasedToMeetMe: My father-in-law is a professor there, and is always armed. I predict this will end loudly.



What do you call a stupid reaction to snakes?

Herp derp.
 
2011-11-03 3:41:44 PM  
St. patrick767: mottsnil
slimy snakes

wut?begone!



ftfy
 
2011-11-03 3:44:43 PM  

probesport: What was he building?


That's a silly thing to asp.
 
2011-11-03 4:41:25 PM  

brantgoose: It's probably built over a snake pit. Snakes over-winter in dens which can contain large numbers of snakes. A crack in a wall or crawl-space can provide access to the building.

One of my great aunts lived (I think she may still live) in an old farmhouse with a field stone basement. While my mother and aunt were visiting her, they saw a snake slither down the bannister (the house was being worked on so there were open electrical outlets). Both the aunt and great aunt were ophidophobic so my mother had to catch the snake and put it outside. It must have been quite funny.

I lifted a bit of old board in our garden once (there had been a shed there) and found a swarm of lady bugs (lady birds in the UK). There must have been a couple of hundred of them swarming together (snakes and insects keep warm by moving around a bit while over-wintering). They may have been native North American ladybugs rather than the invasive species that dominate in many areas today, in which case I've seen more of them than most people can hope to see in a lifetime.

You can, however, buy ladybugs from natural pest control companies and get a thousand or so by mail.


No, I think the snake pit is in the English Department...at least that's how they've behaved at every university that I've known.

Seriously though, I think you're probably on the mark here. I've encountered several hibernacula. Thankfully, never one of rattlesnakes. Finding one of garter snakes was freaky enough; just seeing that many snakes in a mass, even harmless ones, was pretty unnerving. Five gallons of little brown bats was a surprise, too.
 
2011-11-03 4:58:34 PM  

Gough: Five gallons of little brown bats was a surprise, too.


Were they hiding in a blender?
 
2011-11-03 5:01:05 PM  
mongbiohazard
But the computers didn't give you cause for pause, huh?

Nah. I already suggested that the snakes would sue for discrimination. Using a computer isn't much of a stretch.

/but snakes aren't slimy, damn it!
 
2011-11-03 5:22:44 PM  

medius: Gough: Five gallons of little brown bats was a surprise, too.

Were they hiding in a blender?


Hah, that would be a honking big blender. Actually, they had set up shop in the ~6 inch deep space between a winter shutter and a window in our cabin. They filled a space about two feet wide up to nearly a foot deep. The five gallon remark was a WAG, I didn't take the time to measure them, I just backed out of the way while they woke up and took off.
 
2011-11-03 5:29:42 PM  

anfrind: Is it a law school, by any chance?


Cursssssessss! Beat me to it!!!!
 
2011-11-03 6:28:52 PM  

cgraves67: Maybe they were just viping the vindows.


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2011-11-03 6:44:52 PM  
So now we're denying snakes the right to get an education?
 
2011-11-03 7:35:34 PM  

Flakeloaf: Sounds like a crazy, crazy mixed-up town.


Ogden? Why yes, yes it is!

/song reference not obsure
 
2011-11-03 7:37:03 PM  

LemonYellowSun: Flakeloaf: Sounds like a crazy, crazy mixed-up town.

Ogden? Why yes, yes it is!

/song reference not obsure


obscure dammit!
 
2011-11-03 10:44:39 PM  
"Yes, pets are welcome here on campus. Be it the traditional dog, or cat, or even the occasional reptile."
 
2011-11-03 11:44:13 PM  
God damn slytherins.
 
2011-11-04 1:22:35 AM  
I always wanted to release three greased pigs in my high school, after using shoe polish on their backs to number them 1, 2, and 4.

See how long it takes administration to decide that maybe there is no #3.
 
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