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Year: 2014

Eaten Alive!?! and other news.

I initially stated my intention to boycott Discovery Channel's "Eaten Alive". After various conversations, I decided it would bear watching simply so I knew how to discuss it with non-herpers. Nothing about the program surprised me. It was basically finding Bigfoot with snakes. I only hope that, as a community, we can overcome the damage done. Paul Rosolie's stated intent was a conservation mes...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Whether you are traveling or staying home, working, watching football or fighting the sale crowds, be safe and enjoy your holiday! Remember the reason and be thankful for what you have. Personally, I am thankful for my family, friends (both old and new), my health and the success we have enjoyed here this past year. We have come a long way in our first year from concep...
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We’re back!

We are extremely excited to have our revamped page back up and running. Thank You G.R. for all your hard work and dedication. We had hoped to have the page fully functioning, but a few issues arose that we simply didn't have the funds to overcome. With luck, we will be able to raise the funds in the near future to finish our overhaul. Until then enjoy the cleaner, faster, better CHET website. A...
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Under Restructured Management!

Hello everyone. I'm pleased to announce some organizational changes that have occurred. As of today, Michael Jarrell (Chattanoogareptilegroup Hixsontn) has agreed to take on the role of Coordinator/Spokesperson for the Chattanooga/Southeast Tennessee region. Chris (Milsoft Signs) and Kathy Miller have agreed to fill the same role for the Memphis/West Tennessee region. These positions are key in he...
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Guest Blog

Today, I have decided to step aside and let somebody else speak. Here is a recent blog by 9 year old Alli out of Memphis. If you've not met her, she is an incredible young woman. Thank you to her mother Donna DeVore Metler for arranging the use of this blog. Pretty incredible for her age HUH? If you'd like to see more of her insights, they can be found here:  http://www.allissnakes.blogspot.com/?m...
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Snakes in public

I was asked recently about taking a snake out in public. There are many different views on this, and I'm sure several people will find fault with this post. I am simply explaining my views on this topic. As usual, this is simply my opinion and I am open to any opposing views, as long as they are respectful and educated. There will be opportunities when we are invited to present our animals at publ...
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Reptiday Chattanooga.

The first Reptiday event in Chattanooga went well for CHET. We met a lot of new folks and reconnected with old friends, too. I ended up doing 3 of the 5 presentations throughout the day. Greg did a good interview with Channel 12 News which actually got aired(I was in the opening shot with Arawen, our boa). We connected with several families. One comes to mind in particular. When they first appr...
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A few words for newbies.

Since CHET's main focus is education, I wanted to address those considering entering our world for the first time. All of our members will attest to how great reptiles as pets can be. The variety of species available is amazing. Most species are currently developing into more amazing morphs. Each species has it's own characteristics and individuals will demonstrate their own personalities. Some sp...
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Laws, Happenings and Our Future.

How's everyone been doing? I was planning on attempting a video blog but seem to have misplaced my tripod. Maybe next time. There have been several events in the reptile world recently. First, the comment period for the newest listings on the Lacey Act has closed. The site shows a pitiful 4100 comments. In my opinion, among a hobby with millions of participants, this is a VERY discouraging outc...
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What purpose do snakes serve?

Most folks with the "Only good snake is a dead snake" attitude will state that snakes serve no purpose. Those of us who love snakes know they serve many purposes. I decided I would write about this subject today. First there are the obvious purposes snakes serve in the wild. Depending on the species, snakes control a variety of pests. Most snakes dine on rodents and other small mammals and bird...
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