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RE: I'm exhausted; Now snakes

I arrived home from work one day last week and opened my front door to
see a 3' snake slithering across my living room floor.  Startled me, to
say the least.  He make it into the kitchen before I could get close
enough to identify him so I called hubby in from the yard to help me
corral him.  Roy came in just as he slid under the refrigerator and we
ended up having to move the frig to get to him.  Thought he had
disappeared until I spotted him tucked into the hose recess, coiled
around the connection.  Took some doing but we herded him into a waste
basket - little bugger could move!  It was a harmless rat snake so we
carted him back outside and released him.  Have no idea how he managed
to get into the house, but I find myself thinking twice about walking
barefoot in the dark (as if my flip flops offer any sort of
protection!).  I love my beneficial snakes but I prefer they remain

Zone 7 - West TN  

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 6:10 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] I'm exhausted

I don't know anyplace that's snake-free except the Old Sod, Andrea, so 
doubt if running will help. We have the deadly coral snake here, but 
it's shy--I've only seen one--and water moccasins. Neither of them in 
abundance. We have lots of black snakes, king snakes, and rat snakes, 
but not as many as I would like--not enough to keep the squirrel and 
opossum populations down. We also have Burmese pythons that people have 
wearied of as pets and set free in the countryside. They are useful for 
keeping feral pig populations in check, but we need more of them.

On Jul 12, 2005, at 6:50 PM, A A HODGES wrote:

> Chris, you are correct. She cannot have antivenom ever again. So, Eva,
> that
> would be the only long-term effect on her system. My Vet tried just 
> one CC
> on a dog that had antivenom before (in the case of another snake bite)

> and
> the poor dog went into convulsions immediately. SO, I've got to be 
> really
> careful. I'll have to start doing snake patrols. Also, I'm thinking of
> moving from Beaufort, even though I know there are poisonous snakes
> everywhere. We in the hot humid areas just seem to have an over 
> abundance
> of them.
> On the hair Chris, Sorry Pal, it's fixed. The alteration of adding
> golden
> blonde to the pink-red worked and now it's back to fiery copper, which

> is
> what I like. ;-)
> A
> Andrea H
> Beaufort, SC
>> [Original Message]
>> From: Christopher P. Lindsey <lindsey@mallorn.com>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Date: 7/12/2005 8:28:15 AM
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] I'm exhausted
>>> Thanks Eva. She seems OK this morning although the swelling is still
> there.
>>> Here neck area is the worst. It's like the fluid is stuck there.
>>> She's
>>> breathing OK though and I just gave her more benadryl so I'm going
> go to
>>> work. I think she should be OK. My Vet is convinced the antivenom
>>> saved
>>> her. I'm just glad she's OK.
>> Andrea,
>>    That's wonderful news!  Thank goodness it was a species of snake
>> that
>>    doesn't have particularly powerful venom.
>>    Is there a limit on how often the antivenin can be administered?
>> I've
>>    heard stories about certain antivenins that can only be used once 
>> in
>>    a patient's lifetime, but I'm guessing that isn't the case with
>>    copperheads.
>>    Anyhow, I'm glad to hear that things are looking better.  And good
>> deal
>>    on your hair, too!  I'm just waiting for you to send a pic to
>>    for us to laugh at.  ;)
>> Chris
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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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