i newspaper, November 24, 2017 Page 3

In general it is better to refer to animals as ‘it’ rather than ‘he’ or ‘she’, though some particularly cuddly creatures may merit a gender-specific pronoun. Reptiles, I would say (as a reptile fan), should always be ‘it’. However, if in your wisdom you have decided to call a snake ‘she’ . . .

i newspaper, November 24, 2017 Page 15

. . . then at least be consistent and call it ‘she’ in the full story.

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