Tough choice on who’d win that confrontation.
Both have excellent speed, power and endurance.
One stays low to the ground, always crawling on its slimy underbelly. And the other is a slick and slippery reptile-like creature. I am not sure who’s more sneaky. One eats rats whole and has bugs for dessert; the other eats towns whole.
The Developers have a better legal team and more lobbyists. The snakes have a better environmental team, and have been around since the Garden of Eden.
All in all, it’s a toss-up.
But, if you took the point spread and the New Jersey Developers in Medford this week, you lost!
That’s right --- the corn snake and northern pine snake combined for all the points this week: The New Jersey Pinelands Commission put the kibosh on a 110-home project in Medford. A big goose egg for the Developers. Zero. Zippo. Nada.
Go Snakes! Score one for the slimy creatures (the snakes, not the lawyers).
In the corner for the Snakes is Carlton Montgomery, the director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. In the corner for developer ‘Bob Meyers Communities’ is, well, Bob Meyers.
Here’s the tale (or tail) of the tape:
The Snakes (courtesy of Newsday.com)
The corn snake _ a colorful, docile, rodent-eating species that's a popular choice for a pet reptile _ has been under state protection since 1979, and is presently listed as an endangered species. The dull-colored, secretive northern pine snake is listed as threatened.Bob Meyer & The Developers (courtesy of www.bobmeyers.com)
For nearly half a century historic New Jersey towns like Evesham, Medford, Moorestown and Shamong have provided the perfect backdrop for the classic communities created by Bob Meyer. At Bob Meyer Communities, we know that building a new home is more than a practical decision. A new home is a purchase that will be part of your life for years to come. At Bob Meyer Communities, we build homes with a sense of history... yours and ours.Unless, of course, there are corn snakes and/or northern pine snakes on the property.
The Snakes have won -- for now.
But a rematch has been set up already: The decision has been appealed to an administrative law judge.