Snake Rescued at Biology Dept.
A graduate student who became mildly alarmed after encountering a nonpoisonous
rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta spiloides) on a sidewalk near McGee
Hall said she unintentionally set into action a search and rescue mission
after mentioning the snake to a group of biology students in the building.
Moments later, excited faculty, staff, and students were rushing around
grabbing containers, a pillow case, and a snake stick. They ran outside
and were able to round up the reptile for a return to the wild. Biologist
Pete Conroy, director of the Environmental Policy and Information Center,
led the way and captured the gray and yellow marked snake with his bare
hands just before it slithered onto Bennett Boulevard. It has now been
returned to the wild by Field School assistants Brad Johnson and Josh
Morrison (photographed above). (Photo by Renee Morrison)
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