Archive for the ‘venomous’ Category

The Lizard King World Tour (of sorts)

Monday, December 7th, 2009

I’m hearing from people that my “hot show” interview is being aired around the globe  (yesterday New Zealand) so I’m putting it up again (and deeper on the site). 

By coincidence, I was just at the Hamburg Reptile Show this weekend.  Instead of a mamba, I picked up one of those rattlesnake coffee mugs Craig Ferguson has on his show only mine has a rattlesnake inside it, too.  A great idea at the time, but it turns out whatever you drink in the rattlesnake mug stays in the rattlesnake mug.

My Venomous Visit with Fox News

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

I took Fox News’ Claudia Gomez to the venomous reptile show in Hamburg, PA last spring.  Somebody just sent me a link to the program.  Cool!  And, here’s the national Fox news report that ran along with it.  I should say, Hot!

A Little Weekend Snakehunting

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

A writer’s work can be pretty dreary stuff, especially if what he likes to do is spend time in the field.  Sitting at a desk in the middle of summer is the worst.   But I’ve got a good story in the works so it’s got to be done.  This morning I did a little urban herpin’, which is to say I went through the news.  It has been a big week for snakes–a green mamba in Hollywood, Florida bit a cable worker (Mark Lucas of Strictly Reptiles comments), the BBC covered python hunting in the Everglades, and in mouse-sized space the St. Louis Post-Dispatch managed to grossly mis-report the goals of the reptile lobby, which supports a ban on Burmese and African rock pythons, and opposes a ban that would eliminate the keeping of appropriately-sized snakes.  And I missed this ditty about a border patrol officer smuggling leopard tortoises into the US from Tanzania.  Any guess on who his supplier was?

Finally, I always like to see how many pages it takes to get to a dead reptile in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. This week it’s one.  On the inside cover Hermes has its “So-Kelly” bag in matte alligator.  That’s so-kelly.