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Oh, Good: Thousands Of Invasive Water Snakes 'Here To Stay' In South Bay Lake
Here's some news that may or not give you nightmares, depending on your degree of ophidiophobia.
In 2010, we reported on the mysterious dumping of 3,000 invasive water snakes into Harbor City's 31-acre Lake Machado. The
legless demons snakes can reach up to four feet long, but they're not poisonous (like that even matters!). However, as the Daily Breeze noted at the time, the snakes (Nerodia fasciata, Latin for "effing fascist") have "foul dispositions" and "bite." Plus, they're non-native, and therefore destructive to the native species that do still reside in the lake (of which, there are unfortunately few left).
The L.A. Times reports that the snakes have "made themselves at home among the lake’s floating mounds of trash," and have gotten so comfortable that they are absolutely thriving. This type of snake, which hails from the Southeastern U.S., can apparently produce 57 offspring in one breeding season. So...a lot of snakes, then!
"Our goal is to get a handle on the biology of these snakes as part of an effort to keep them from spreading," Robert Fisher of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told the Times. "There’s concern about them eventually entering the Los Angeles, San Gabriel and Santa Ana River systems, and beyond."
No, no, no, no.
We say bring back Reggie the alligator, the lake's most famous former resident, to take care of business and get these motherf$!*ing snakes out of the motherf$!*ing lake...please.
Fisher said that a planned effort to improve water quality in the lake, the Machado Lake Rehabilitation Project, might help native fish and plants return to prominence, but this won't decrease the presence of the diabolical serpents. Instead, Fisher said, "The only sure way to get rid of the water snakes is to eradicate their food sources by draining the lake for at least a year."
Sounds like a plan to me!
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.