Speaking Of World Snake Day

Don’t know what YOU people are doing tonight, but I’M going to a barbecue to celebrate this wonderful day. And I’ll be bringing friends. SLITHERY friends. There will be children at this barbecue, and I will be giving them snakes to pet and play with, because children are the future and I want the future to be snakey.


1.) If you haven’t read this issue’s Bonus Column, now is the time! Celebrity guest contributor Bronx Zoo’s Cobra wrote a column celebrating World Snake Day. It’s great:

Snakes have gotten a bad rap from the very beginning. Literally. Remember the Garden of Eden? A helpful snake simply suggests to Eve that an apple might be a nutritious snack, and boom: snakes are evil. This snake didn’t suggest some processed junk food with high fructose corn syrup. Apples are high in fiber, full of antioxidants, and paleo diet friendly. Celebs like Miley Cyrus and Jessica Biel swear by the paleo diet. Is Miley evil? Well, evil for suggesting an apple?

I don’t think so.

Read it!

2.) It wouldn’t be World Snake Day without a photo of my newest pet snake, Spooky P. Hiss. He’s actually heading into shed right now, so he’s not as photogenic as usual, but here’s a picture taken a couple of weeks ago. Spookers is pretty great and, like his name, REALLY hissy. Doesn’t bite though! Well, not yet.

Snakes (spooky)

I’ll probably tweet pictures from tonight’s “snake-ecue”, so look for those on here. If you have ophidiophobia you might want to avoid Prairie Dog corners of Internet this evening.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

5 thoughts on “Speaking Of World Snake Day”

  1. One of my snakes ate a (pre-killed, frozen and thawed) chick last week. It was epic.

    Get a Gravatar, Ron!

  2. Nice to meet you on the blog, Spooky P. Hiss! You look adorable. Can’t wait to see videos of you in action, hissing (and maybe biting!). Happy belated World Snake Day to you and yours Whitworth!

  3. BTW — how did things go at the BBQ? Were the kids fascinated or a little wary? And, how were the snakes? Can’t imagine how snakes would feel about being surrounded by a hot grill and a bunch of kids! Did Spooky attend?

  4. Love the snake pic.
    Isn’t naming the snake as Spooky not only adding to the negative stereotype of snakes?
    How about Snoopy instead? That’s a name people can relate with..

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