Posts tagged Weird Humans
Snakes And Their Bad Reputation

When people find out that one of my pets is a snake, their first reaction tends to be a fearful 'yuck' followed by 'Does it bite? Is it poisonous?'. There are a few things wrong with these questions but let's first address the fearful 'yuck' reaction.

Most people's initial reaction to reptiles is usually not good. However, unlike any other type of reptile, snakes seem to instill an immediate strong fear reaction. There are a number of reason as to why that is the case. Some studies suggest that the fear of certain creatures are rooted in evolution. However, as we grow, this fear tends to be exacerbated by unrealistic society trends as well as lack of knowledge. Therefore, I am a strong believer that education is the best way to tackle this issue and prevent the unnecessary killing of snakes based on fear and misconceptions. 

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It's Just a Pigeon

I often find myself confused and disappointed at how we humans seem to rank the priority of life based on our perception of what deserves to be saved and what does not. This 'importance ranking system' of ours is often influenced by our upbringing and personal preferences. However, society as a whole tends to have a 'lose guideline' when it comes to the importance of different animal's lives.

I was on my way to work a couple of days ago, when I noticed something dark in the middle of the pavement. I noted people walking around it. Kids going past on their mini scooters - nearly running it over. No one tried to move whatever it was from the middle of the pavement. In fact, no one really paid it any attention at all. From a distance, I thought it was a small plastic bag - my bad eyesight has failed me more times than I can count - but based on people's reactions to the unidentified item, my brain quickly assumed it was something inconsequential. I soon realised how very wrong my brain was. 

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Open Up Your Gardens! Hedgehog Conservation In The UK

I appreciate that there are many endangered indigenous species in the UK. As a keen herpetology enthusiast, it hasn't escaped my attention that the natterjack toad, for instance, is definitely a species in trouble. However, I would like to dedicate this post to another one of my favourite little guys - hedgehogs. 

Hedgehogs have been having a very tough time over the past 100 years and are now considered one of the most endangered indigenous species in the UK - so much so that studies claim they could be completely extinct by 2030. Reasons for such decline in their numbers can be attributed to many factors that when combined, make for a difficult environment for these little guys to thrive. From urbanisation resulting in a loss of habitat to pesticides eliminating their food, they were forced to move into our gardens. However, our gardens too prove to be challenging. Rat poison, strimming, mowing and even our fences have had a huge impact on their survival.  If you would like greater details on the studies mentioned, please visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and The Wildlife Trusts websites. 

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