Rattlesnakes Can Swim: Massachusetts plans rattlesnake colony on uninhabited island

Feb 22 12:57

Massachusetts plans rattlesnake colony on uninhabited island

A plan by the state to establish a colony of venomous timber rattlesnakes on an off-limits island in Massachusetts’ largest inland body of water has some rattled by visions of dangerous serpents slithering through the surrounding woods, attacking hikers, fishermen and hunters.

Those are completely irrational fears based on the public’s aversion to snakes, said Tom French of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, who’s directing the project at the 39-square mile Quabbin Reservoir and representing the state at a public meeting Tuesday to address the concerns.

French said he’s received several emails and phone calls from worried residents who fear the snakes will escape the island.

Setting aside the very real risk (rattlesnakes can swim), why are they wasting taxpayer money on this?

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Payton Manning and the OFFICIALS Defeat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50
NFL Super Bowl round
Sunday, February 7, 6:30 PM
Levi’s Stadium

Carolina
Panthers
(17-2)

10 – 24
Final
Denver
Broncos
(15-4)

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 7 0 3 10
Broncos 10 3 3 8 24
Box Score
All times are in Eastern Time

Winter Storm Warning in Massachusetts

Feb 07 15:55

Winter Storm Warning in Massachusetts

Locations: The Greater Boston Area, North Shore, westward to Worcester and south into Northeast Connecticut, all of Rhode Island and adjacent Eastern Massachusetts. This includes the cities and towns of Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence. Gloucester, Foxboro, Norwood, Cambridge, Quincy. Taunton, Fall River, New Bedford, Foster, Smithfield. Providence, Warwick, Bristol and Newport.
Hazard types: Heavy snow.
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Winds: north 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
Visibilities: one quarter mile or less at times.