Newport, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Maine Herpetological Society studies amphibians and reptiles. This time of year, their favorite may be the snake as society members check various habitats to make sure snakes abound.
"Snakes are not slimy like fish," says John Chapman. He says he was one of those people who liked snakes at first blush. However, he acknowledges that most people have a natural fear of snakes and suggests that the fear might be instinctive.
Regardless, the society wants to spread an appreciation for these much maligned animals in hopes of having more allies when it comes time to protect herpetological habitats.
"They're easier to care for than dogs," says Phil Roy who manages the society's adoption program. Because of snakes slow metabolism, they only have to be fed once a week and can be left for a similar length of time if an appropriate amount of water is left with them.
If you would like to know more about the society and its adoption program, click on the attached link.