Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Pit of Vipers

A Zoology professor and an outdoorsman wonder why these snakes are gathering. Speculation is that they are preparing to hibernate. Reptiles have been bagged, tagged and tracked, and still gather in one location for no apparent reason.
LITTLE ROCK - It happens every year: large numbers of copperheads gather and move in unison to dens for hibernation. But it happens in October, not July or August. Now the common event has become an uncommon and inexplicable one.

"I know for a fact that all these snakes didn't just wake up one day and do this," said Chuck Miller, whose Marion County yard has been overrun with the pitvipers. "Something's making them do it. They know something we don't know. There's got to be something more to this."


(image credit: Tigerhomes.org)

You know, this behavior is not really strange, if you give it some thought. After all, every year in the fall pitvipers gather together for a particular activity. Usually there are increased concentrations of them at two-year intervals, and huge conglomerations of them at four-year intervals. Great, writhing masses of them, venomously striking at anything that moves.

We call them Democrats.

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