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The Hunt for the Morgantown Snake, “Rich Rodriguez”

The Hunt for the Morgantown Snake, “Rich Rodriguez”

I hope the 15 foot python in Morgantown is never caught.  Snakes are wild and should be allowed to live their lives in the wild.  A python cannot survive through a West Virginia winter, but these next 3-6 months of its life will likely be its best ever.

Rather than hunting for it and trying to capture it, it should become a part of Morgantown and given a clever name.  I like “Rich Rodriguez” as its name.  This is a name all West Virginians could embrace for a snake on the loose in Morgantown.

Leave “Rich Rodriguez” alone and let him live out his remaining time as a Morgantown legend.  If he eats a few small pets, so what?  It’s extraordinarily unlikely that a python would attack and kill a small child.

Police issued a warning asking for Morgantown residents to pay close attention to small pets and children while outside until the python is caught.  Anyone that encounters the snake should call 911 immediately, according to the Morgantown Police Department’s news release.

The python has caused a bit of hysteria in Morgantown with crews consisting of lay people, police officers and wildlife experts searching for it.  Below, a resident that lives in the house next to where the snake was last seen and two women from the pet store on the Mileground, the Exotic Jungle, are pictured.  They took over the hunt for the snake after police officers were called to another scene.  “Rich Rodriguez” should not worry about being caught with these three on the pursuit of him.

The truth is, this snake is not a real threat to any of Mogantown’s residents.  In fact, the overwhelming coverage of the snake is more of a commentary on today’s media and its overreaction to non-news.  The best thing that has come from the python escaping and being loose in Morgantown is the Twitter account, “Morgantown Snake”, which has provided its nearly 2,000 followers with outstanding commentary over the weekend.

This Twitter account has captured the personality of this python perfectly.  However, the “Morgantown Snake” is not a catchy name.  Change the name to “Rich Rodriguez” and keep up the good work.

Brad Smith is a Senior Writer for Mountaineer Sports. Smith is among the most influential sports writers in the state of West Virginia and is a proud West Virginia University Graduate. Smith lives with his beautiful wife and children in Morgantown.

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