The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 9, 2008

House honors timber rattlesnake as state’s official reptile


While the resolution was in doubt, the students were clearly disappointed.

Sen. Shirley Love, D-Fayette, who signed on with Barnes, emphasized the “official reptile” status in no way means the rattler enjoys protected status.

“If I see one in the woods, I’ll blow its head off,” he said. “If I see one, he’s dead.”

Hunter and Love worked their final session, since both are heading into retirement and found it amusing their final duty was to deal with a snake.

Pointing to the floor to signify the crawl space of a reptile, Hunter quipped, “We’re leaving on a low note.”

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