Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rattlesnakes Not Such Bad Guys

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Rattlesnakes may be deadly, venomous creatures, but they’re not such bad guys after all.

That’s what the American International Rattlesnake Museum hopes to teach attendees.

The museum houses 30 different species of rattlers and other reptiles and amphibians that are, as museum director Bob Myers puts it, “part of the rattlesnake story.”

Though museum-goers aren’t allowed to pet the poisonous rattlesnakes, they can cuddle their creepy cousins, like boas and pythons.

Myers hopes that by petting the slitherers, people will no longer fear rattlesnakes and be less likely to hurt one in the future.

He bans employees from using the words “mean,” “aggressive,” and “attack” when describing rattlesnakes so people can learn to love the serpents.

He says, “We work hard to teach people things so they feel better about rattlesnakes. They aren’t bad guys. People come out and say, ‘I never realized that about rattlesnakes,’ and that’s great.”

The museum even helps qualm kids’ fears of rattlers by giving them fake snake tattoos.

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