Snake rescue – It is with a sad and heavy heart we will not be taking in any new rescues.
For some time now many of the rescue snakes that Sue has rehomed have ended up back in the sanctuary, people just really are not prepared to keep them for the whole of their lives.
Snakes can live up to 30 yrs please think before purchasing or re-homing one.
Sue has been rescuing snakes for 20 yrs now and there comes a point when age creeps up (some of the snakes may outlive her!) also energy and finance are at a low level.
People are welcome to send a photo and information about their snake/s by email and Sue will put the it onto this website for anyone who may be interested. A donation to the sanctuary is appreciated for this service.
Sue has 55 snakes at present to care for, some are not likely to be chosen for re-homing and will live forever with Sue.
Although Sue still has some work it is not comparable to the amount she had before 2008 – work means meeting lots more people who may wish to re-home, creates the finance to keep the sanctuary running and educates people.
So many people know so little about snakes or reptiles in general; yes it’s exciting to see mobile zoos but how much can you learn about any one animal and many being mammals like ourselves. For 20 years Sue has been asked the same questions about the snakes she takes out:
- Have they had their fangs removed? (90% of types of snakes are constrictors, Sue keeps none of the 10% of venomous snakes only venomous snakes have fangs)
- Do they have teeth? (their teeth are the only way they can catch their prey before constricting, no-one is going to feed them soup in the wild)
- Do they have bones? ( they have a skeleton, a skull, a backbone, up to 400 sets of ribs, boas and pythons have a mini pelvis and pairs of spurs like minute legs)
- Why isn’t it strangling you? (most snakes are constrictors, they need to be big enough to wrap around their prey three or four times to kill it, they know nothing about necks, humans strangle humans)
- But they kill you don’t they? (after 20yrs of keeping snakes Sue is still alive)
- Will it bite me? (Sue will not take out any nervous snakes, snakes are not aggressive but they can be nervous, we are top predator so they have reason to be afraid of us, treat a snake with love and compassion and it has no need to be afraid therefore no need to bite anyone, we are not prey)
- Can they breathe in the cotton carrying bag? (many people have forgotten the difference between fabric and plastic)
- They shed their skins, yuck (So do humans)
Sue loves the educational work that she does but it seems more and more that adults don’t actually want to be educated, they would rather live in fear which in turn prevents the education of children as the adults hold the purse strings.