Texas Songwriter, Casey Hubble, Plays April Fools Joke on the Texas Hill Country – 2014
March 31st, 2014 – Bend, Texas
The Texas Hill Country is likely to have mixed reactions to the discovery of a new species of animal in Bend, Texas.
On Saturday morning, the Texas Identification and Taxonomy Association tweeted that several members were en route to Bend, Texas after local game wardens were unable to identify an “unusual organism.” On Monday morning, TITA confirmed that the animal was “a previously unknown species of snake” and released several images and a description of the animal: Crotalus Lupinus (Texas Bonnet Rattlesnake).
Dr. William Nye, founder of TITA and Professor of Biological Sciences at The University of Texas, released this statement after visiting Bend, Texas to inspect the snake over the weekend:
“This weekend, we had the opportunity to observe a previously unknown specimen in Bend, Texas. The Governing Committee at TITA has designated the snake’s scientific name as ‘Crotalus Lupinus’ and the discoverer, Robert McCrae, has assigned the common name of ‘Texas Bonnet Rattlesnake.’ While a lot of research is still needed, this find reestablishes everything we teach about natural selection and adaptation. The snake has obvious similarities to the Lupinis Texensis, or Bluebonnet. It is safe to say, with certainty, that this rattlesnake has reached an evolutionary point where it is interacting with our Texas State Flower. This is the first Texas Bonnet Rattlesnake that we have documented but maybe that’s the whole point…this species has evolved so they will NOT be seen. Evolution is Nature’s smartest tool and I remain hopeful that future data reveals a thriving new species.”
Over the weekend, several dozen herpetologists, botanists, and reporters from around the country visited the home of Robert McCrae who killed the snake.
“I walked out the door and saw him…[I] said, ‘you’re a little too close to the house old buddy,’ so I grabbed my .357 and shot him. I thought I’d leave him there on the porch for the hogs to eat but I noticed this one was a little darker than the other ones I killed. When I turned on the porch light I knew I had something different.”
Several zoology researchers have tried to convince McCrae to hand over the snake but he has refused so far. McCrae admits that he has plans to “keep the snake on dry ice” until someone makes an offer he can’t pass up.
“Shoot, if they want this snake we can talk about some cash money. For now, I’m putting him in the cooler and sticking him next to my bed. That thing has got to be good luck. It’s a damn Bluebonnet looking rattler and he even matches my truck! I’m not being stingy though. I’ll let anyone look at it for a five dollar bill.”
While this is an exciting discovery not everyone is so happy about the news. Ana Lease, a recent graduate of TCU and owner of Greek Sis Photography, weighed in at Facebook.com/TexasHillCountry:
“There’s nothing like dressing up in white and photographing your sorority sisters along the Texas Highways. The Bluebonnets are so pretty right now but it might as well be raining…we can’t go out there when there are blue snakes waiting to crawl up our skirts.”
Ana has a point. Law enforcement officers around the Texas Hill Country have been encouraging all roadside amateur photographers to wear snake boots while wading through the Bluebonnets for their pictures.