A Coastal Discovery Museum employee was walking recently on a trail on the museum’s property when he stumbled on a natural occurrence rarely seen by humans.
A king snake was in the midst of eating a venomous copperhead snake, Rex Garniewicz, museum president and CEO, said Friday.
While the situation may be startling to some, it is an example of a “good” snake getting rid of a “bad” snake, he said.
“People want to get rid of all snakes,” Garniewicz said. “But there are some snakes that are good, and king snakes are one of those.”
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It is important for people to be knowledgeable of venomous and non-venomous snakes, he said.
“Someone who does not like snakes should not kill a king snake because it kills all the venomous snakes,” Garniewicz said.
Garniewicz said his employee did the right thing when he found the snake on a closed-off portion of the museum’s property.
“He saw it and left it alone,” Garniewicz said. “If you interrupt a snake like this, the good snake might let go of the venomous snake, and you don’t want that to happen.”