3-Foot Long Snake Found On Golf Course

May 16, 2013 | 65 Comments

Coluber_constrictorPCCP20030612-1115BA three foot long snake was found at the Tucker’s Point Resort this afternoon [May 16] and it has been transported to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo and euthanized.

The snake — likely a Black Racer or similar species — was found on the golf course.

Officials said that “given the significant impacts that any snakes, especially a Black Racer, would have on Bermuda’s ecology the snake has been humanely euthanized.”

The statement from Government said, “The Department of Conservation Services can confirm that a three foot snake was removed from Tucker’s Point Resort this afternoon to the care and control of the zoo staff of the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.

“The snake was found on the golf course, near the pond by the clubhouse and after an examination it was found to be a female, most likely a Black Racer [Coluber constrictor] or a similar species.

“The Black Racer is non-venomous snake that predates on lizards, insects, birds, rodents and frogs. Black racers are found throughout the eastern U.S., from southern Maine to the Florida Keys.

“Racers are faster than most other snakes, very agile, and generally flee when approached, often climbing into small trees or shrubs. They breed April until late summer.

“The Department of Conservation Services can confirm that given the significant impacts that any snakes, especially a Black Racer, would have on Bermuda’s ecology the snake has been humanely euthanized,” concluded the spokesperson.

- File photo of a Coluber constrictor

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  1. biggadon says:

    MURDERERS.......let that animal be .

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  2. wtf? says:

    Instead of killing the animal, why wasn't it just given a home in the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo?? wouldn't that have been the smarter thing to do? *rolls eyes

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  3. J Starling says:

    I don't believe they are a great 'pet' snake, not exactly adapting well to captivity and handling, although I believe there are some that do keep them as pets in the US.

    So, I'm not sure if it's an escapee pet (going from the location it could be) or hitchhiked somehow on something being transported to the area.

    Either way, good catch Conservation Services!

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  4. Bad move says:

    Why kill it as oppose to try and display it at the aquarium. The really need more things to see there. It's so dull

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  5. CommonSense says:

    I hope there is more of them, the fauna here is boring... lol

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    • Pastor Syl says:

      Oh God, no! Please, no snakes here. Our poor frogs have already been decimated and those that are left are suffering with mutations. The dang imported kiskadee marauders have put great effort into killing off our blue birds. The Chick-de-Villie has already all but disappeared. Better this one snake go then our whole eco-system be turned upside down. I would take any bet that she was pregnant too. Hopefully they caught her before she laid eggs. I don't know the gestation period, but the article speaks of these snakes breeding in April. What are the odds that someone released this creature on purpose?

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      • Theresa says:

        Frogs aren't native to Bermuda. They are introduced. The big ones eat native species as part of their diet. The little ones surely have their own impact--not sure what--probably eating little bug species that no one ever knew existed. The Bermudian skink is the only native lizard. There are no native amphibians.

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    • Fruity says:

      :) Agreed.. although it'll add to our danger it'd be a lil exciting.
      It shouldn't been kept for sure!

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  6. Bullseye says:

    I love the Aquarium. I am surprised this snake was put down. Too bad he couldnt at least get the support the Uigurs got!

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  7. J Starling says:

    The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo is mandated to 'inspire appreciation and care of island environments'. Accordingly, the animals on display are all from islands; additionally the focus is on rare species, and the facility is part of a species breeding program.

    The Black Racer is a relatively common species from continental North America. As such, it does not fit within their mandate as a rare or island species.

    Furthermore, as their mandate, and as part of the DoConservation, they also have a responsibility to ensure that threats to Bermuda's ecology are reduced. Keeping this snake (which also is not known for adjusting to captivity well) would constitute a threat to our island's ecology, and so they are pretty much mandated to euthanise it humanely.

    As a side note, the BAMZ is not primarily an entertainment institution. It is first and foremost an educational and ecological facility. They are also bound by strict regulations as part of their accreditation with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).

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    • S James says:

      Thanks for the informed comment. Amazing what a little research can do to an individual before they go out commenting on decisions they clearly has never hab the opportunity to be a part of. (Former Aquaculture Technician)

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    • Fruity says:

      Appreciated

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  8. Snake-Hater says:

    Wesley - I'm tired of these mother#$% snakes on this mother&*^ golf course!!

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  9. firefly says:

    that's a healthy lifeform that's been killed because of some 'mandate'? Wow, I thought we were more civilised these days.

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    • cant fool me says:

      F%$# off u ppl care bout animals more then humans!!!!!!!

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      • Nanny Pat says:

        Sure do. What's wrong with that?

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      • Not Surprised says:

        YUP! Animals are defenseless (just like babies) and depend on humans who do nothing but abuse and destroy habitats. Animals need a voice. I am an animal lover. Humans destroy each other and are a barbaric heartless breed at the top of the food chain killing the world for their own selsifh reasons, but they have a choice and a voice, they can make the right decisions or defend themselves but choose to make the wrong decisions and turn a blind eye. I'm not a people lover.

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  10. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    Probably been smuggled in somehow,maybe even on a Private Jet and has got loose...whatever the way it got here,it didnt have a work permit either!!!

    I'm glad they killed it!

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    • Campervan says:

      A snake that comes in by private jet to hang on Tuckers Point golf course. Hmmm its not the first one.

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    • Unusual suspect says:

      So you wanna kill everything without a work permit? Jeez... maybe it was just a tourist snake.

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  11. Judge Dredd says:

    Sheesh man! I sunbathe nude on de golfcourse, and people get all bent out of shape.

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  12. Opressed says:

    I thought this was a story about DREB?

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    • Nuffin but da Truth says:

      ROFLMFAO!!!!

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    • here's a thought.... says:

      that is the best comment ever ever ever..... gold star for you.... :-)

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    • Wrong! says:

      no it's about MAY Bloomberg! May have been his private jet.

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    • Mayan says:

      @Oppressed: Ha-ha-ha...just caught on! No, although DREB has been known to speak with a forked tongue and slither around on his belly, I have it from reliable sources that this was NOT him!!!

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  13. LadyB says:

    Check those golf bags before they come on board the aircraft......

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  14. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Thank God it wasn't my pet ten foot boa "hissy". I've been searching for her for weeks!

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  15. Mariner says:

    Take a trip to Guam and see how the brown snake has taken over. To allow a species to exist where it has no natural predators to keep it in check is the basis for killing it. Similar to how we are trying to deal with the introduction of the Lion Fish before they decimate the fish stocks, as they are doing in the Bahamas.

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    • Mayan says:

      @Mariner: Yeah, I wouldn't want these creepy crawlies to take over here...seeing as we're now entering 'roach season', it would be one more disgusting pest to deal with-along with those nasty centipedes in the east end.

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  16. Red says:

    I'd like to know why some people seem to think that its cool to smuggle snakes here. Unfortunately people have been secretly bringing snakes here for years.

    If GOD intended for snakes to be here roaming freely, we would have had them long ago.

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  17. DarkSideofTheMoon says:

    KILL IT WITH FIRE!!

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  18. Mo says:

    People, please stop jumping to conclusions about what BAMZ can do with this snake. To keep and display a snake is an expense, building an enclosure and keeping it fed isn't free. Don't assume this is the first snake taken to the zoo either, like someone else said, their responsibility is the conservation of Bermuda. It's not a pet. Do you know how easily this species of snake could destroy Bermuda's beautiful ecosystem? Any species, for that matter? Lets look at the bigger picture here, because even though it may be easy to point a finger and call them murderers, its a reason that these people are employed by BAMZ and the "accusers" are NOT. There's a reason the people that are educated on matters like this are the ones that made this decision. And FYI, Bermuda is the perfect breeding ground for snakes, ideal temperature range, abundant food source and no competitors, so I advise anyone who sees one in the future to take its life... Humanely of course.... Better yet, just call the professionals.

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    • riley says:

      I'm not buying this 'humanely' killing it business. How exactly would you humanely euthanize a snake? I'm sure they didn't give it a needle to put it to sleep (could a needle even get through its skin?), and I doubt they gassed it (do they have the facilities to do that?).

      I'll bet the entire $11 in my chequing account that they just chopped its head off.

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      • J Starling says:

        Yes, a needle can go through their skin. And yes, we do have the facilities to euthanise animals for euthanising via gas if needed.

        In some jurisdictions I understand that euthanasia through freezing is also considered humane, but I doubt this was the case used here.

        I would strongly wager it was euthanised via intravenous injection.

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  19. mixitup says:

    Snakes down Tucker's Town? hmmmm nothing new.

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  20. who send them, may we end them, and if a war then, let it happen. Control has to start somewhere.

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  21. Future says:

    3ft sounds short for a lawyer.

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  22. Elizabeth Von Trumparani says:

    I thought the snake had moved to another island off the coast of Massachussets.

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    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Gonna take some doing to catch that one. Give it time. That snake will be caught too.

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  23. rol21 says:

    Why couldn't have been returned to its country of origin? Would US customs and immigration have permitted it to go through preclearance?
    I'm sure it would have been much happier there.

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    • J Starling says:

      There are very strict regulations in place for transporting live animals across borders, and it is unlikely the US authorities would have expedited or even facilitated such transport.

      This species is not rare, vulnerable or threatened. It's almost the equivalent of asking to repatriate a rat back to the USA.

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      • riley says:

        This reminds me of poor Rocco the Raccoon. We couldn't send him back, either. The Americans would have thought we were losing our minds (would have thought the same thing about the snake) but I felt so sorry for Rocco when they showed a photo of him in a cage, holding onto the bars and peering out not knowing what was in store for him. Poor Rocco just wanted a little adventure and paid for it with his life...he never got a chance to go home and live out his life and take care of Mrs. Rocco and baby Rocco who probably were wondering what happened to him and why he disappeared...

        Excuse me, I gotta go-I'm bawling all over my keyboard (sob, choke)...

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  24. Elizabeth Von Trumparani says:

    I'm sure it is much happier there in Oak Snuffs or what ever its called.

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  25. Xman says:

    Any Snake is bad for Bermuda .
    A team needs to go to the area were they found this snake and make sure that theres no more.
    FLUSH THEM ALL OUT! NOW!
    I wonder what x%$^&&^#+## bought the thing to BERMUDA in the first place.

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  26. Former Union Member says:

    Snakes are not natural to Bermuda. Get rid of them. Educate our less informed public what happened in Guam with the Brown snakes...no more birds. Silence in the jungle. I simply cannot understand those who would risk Bermuda by smuggling ANY kind of snake in. The ignorance is simply staggering.

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  27. jake best says:

    why did they kill it?

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  28. Jewels says:

    Snakes, UGH!!! Let's hope its not like the old saying about mice..... where there is one, there are many.
    It being female and being found during its reproduction period, it is entirely possible.

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  29. bun out says:

    BREAKING NEWS: A three foot long snake (zanium desilvium) was found at the Port Royal Golf Course this afternoon [May 16] and it has been transported to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.

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  30. Joonya says:

    Humanely euthanized? Really?? If I found that thing slithering around my yard, it would have been euthanized with a shovel.

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  31. Fruity says:

    Love snakes :) Too bad they're illegal here.

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  32. JONO says:

    Duane Santucci's comments excellent ...was he inferring to get rid of the starlings too?

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  33. Bermudican says:

    The snake was prolly on , way k shone ,.. Den ,... som bolly came a long and ruined his day.

    Den he was turned over to Government who said
    " i heard they make good soup,"

    Den the guy who ratted the snake out felt bad and took him round to the people who he thought would get the guy back on the Bus and sent home , ver he could tell all about Bermuda golf courses and the tastey cameleons and what not... Buh Nooooo0ooo!

    instead , the lot he turned the snake into , prolly ,.. had him for dinner inwiting over the government official that said he heard they make a great tasting soup...
    Den these lot make up some sorta story how the one snake is going to single out the Bermudian eco system and bring it to its Knees and had to be put down as some sorta vironmental terrorist or whatever...

    lol

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