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Nov. 13th, 2008 | 09:01 pm

Today.... you will never believe it, there was a snake in my room!! I am serious! There was an actual, live snake in my classroom. The students were quite excited about it. It was the highlight of the day. I captured it (though I hate snakes) and unfortunately, I am going to let it free tomorrow. I wish I could keep it, but considering what it eats, I don't think I will be able to find food for the little girl.

Considering snakes are illegal in Hawaii, this was quite the shocker. To learn more about the snake that was in my room, please visit the following sites:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramphotyphlops_braminus

http://www.americaswetlandresources.com/wildlife_ecology/plants_animals_ecology/animals/reptiles/BrahiminyBlindSnake.html

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-guide/Ramphotyphlopsbraminus.htm

I just think it fun to tell people:

I live in Hawaii and yes, there was a snake in my classroom!
Just wanted to share that with everyone!

PS: I am planning to teaching inference tomorrow, thus the post! Tee hee. Pretty good no?

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Naïvety's Star

From: lady_noremon
Date: Nov. 14th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
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Snake! :O I think that is rather/super cool myself!

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Nov. 14th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
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I hope you read the sites that I posted.... It is exciting, but then again, if you look at the "snake" you'll see it is not much to worry about.

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Sapphire Phoenix

From: sapphire_heaven
Date: Nov. 14th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
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You're so lucky to find one of those!! I've been looking for one for years, and I only saw that snake once! I was in elementary school at the time and my friends and I found it under the tree in the playground.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Nov. 14th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, actually, I am very happy to have found it. I wanted to see one, but not much of an outdoorsy person. Going to make a mini lesson about it today.

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mutton_mcnutt

From: mutton_mcnutt
Date: Nov. 14th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
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I've heard the snakes there are decimating the native bird population. :(

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Nov. 14th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Trust me, not this snake. This snake would probably be eaten by the bird, not the other way around.

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mutton_mcnutt

From: mutton_mcnutt
Date: Nov. 14th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Good to hear! Because I'm a BIRD NERD!

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porcelain ocean

From: porcelain_ocean
Date: Nov. 14th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
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haha that's really hard to call a snake, it looks like an (almost) overgrown earthworm! That's pretty cool that you found it though, I can't imagine living in a place without snakes, I love them!

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Nov. 15th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
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Trust me, it's a snake. If you were at my class today, you would have witness it "slither" away like snakes do (S-formation and everything!). Personally, I think this is the ONLY snake I could fall in love with. I don't care for them, but this little girl was just the sweetest thing ever. I am glad she found her way into my classroom, and I am even more proud of my students for having the opportunity to learn about it and discover on their own about the snake as well. you would have enjoyed it as well.

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yuck

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From: peachii
Date: Nov. 15th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
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oh that's so gross, how could you touch it, etc. lol
how you could you all be excited?! i would have ran.
& i learned something new, i had no idea snakes were illegal in hawaii.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Nov. 15th, 2008 09:40 am (UTC)
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Tee hee...

1) I hate snakes
2) She was a very petite snake, only 15 cm in length.
3) she was harmless.
4) I didn't touch her, I just scooped her up and put her in a cup.

I later took her home to determine her fate:

A) stay with the class as a class pet
B) let her go.

I discovered she ate small insects (ants, termites) and I decided, "no way!" But I wanted the students to come up with that idea, not me.

I showed them the website and sure enough after reading the information about her, they decided it would be best to let her go too. And so we said our good-byes and watch her "slither" away. And she really did slither, so I was content at them seeing that she indeed was not a worm, but a bona-fide snake.

PS: Yeah, if she were bigger, I would not have been as daring. I would have call the custodian immediately! Furthermore, Blind snakes are the ONLY snakes allowed in Hawaii (that and the sea snake).


Edited at 2008-11-15 09:42 am (UTC)

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Master of RS Fashion! =D

From: st_squiggy
Date: Nov. 16th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
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Weird, I've never seen a snake that small before :o. And with your above comment I read on that site one nickname is the "Hawaiian Blind Snake" so I figured it slid under the snakes illegal in Hawaii law lol :P. That is neat though, it's tiny o.O.

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