Last year I was honored to finish my Master's at Michigan State University in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. My research project focused on crayfish in Michigan, with a lot of focus on invasive crayfish and their impacts on native species. My studies allowed me to further develop and hone skills helpful in studying the biological world, as well as reaching out to the public in an outreach and engagement capacity. Since finishing and submitting my thesis I have continued my studies. Although the MDNR and other agencies occasionally inquire my opinion and insight regarding crayfish matters in Michigan I have not yet found permanent employment. I keep busy in the meantime by independently studying the world around me. For about a year my major focus has been studying the invasive 'black snake'. I've gathered a lot of on the ground experience interacting with black snakes and other species they affect or have symbiotic relationships. Interestingly enough the skin of many black snakes are not actually black, as pictured here you can see much of this specimen's skin is greenish. They instead get their name for what is inside them. In fact they are not even snakes, they have no skeletal structure or vertebrae, rather they have hard segmented exoskeletons which are filled with a highly volatile fluid. Despite the danger they bring to waterbodies, wetlands, prairies, and the ecological communities they invade, the human species has been shown to be essential to their survival. Without human assistance black snakes can not persist. Humans play an integral role in feeding, propagating, sheltering, and maintaining black snakes. Not all humans seek to shelter or create mutualistic relationships with black snakes, many in fact try to rid their home range of black snakes, as is the case with several populations of humans near this subspecies of black snake known as the 'ET Rover' of the 'Energy Transfer Partners' genus. This picture is near Pinckney/Chelsea Michigan, but it stretches across several states including; Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Michigan. It's 710 mile body will regularly feed on natural gas at a rate of 3.25 billion cubic feet per day.