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Massachusetts Residents Scared of Measly Little Rattlesnake Island

Come on, it's not like the snakes can swim off the—oh, wait, they can?

Massachusetts' Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has a plan to establish a colony of rattlesnakes on an off-limits island in the Quabbin Reservoir in order to protect the endangered snakes, but locals are objecting, giving lie to the notion that Boston residents are so tough (Boston is 65 miles east of the reservoir, but just go with it). Would Good Will Hunting be afraid of a little island of rattlesnakes? For shame.

Massachusetts plans rattlesnake colony on uninhabited island [Washington Post, via Inhabitat]