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Re: today/snakes

  • Subject: Re: today/snakes
  • From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 08:25:41 EDT

WhenI was in High-School, more than half a century ago, my best friend
and I spent a morning making a great show of passing something back
and forth and hiding it from another girl whom we both disliked.  Of 
course she was intrigued, and demanded to know what we had - threatened
to tell the teacher if we didn't show it to her.  We made her promise to
keep our secret - made her hold out her hand, and placed the small 
snake in it.  Her screams were earsplitting, and she had to be taken to
the nurse's room for calming.  The principal scolded us, but she was so
amused that she couldn't keep her face straight, and couldn't really 
bring herself to punish us as we deserved.  
In a message dated 7/10/2009 9:51:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
macycat3@sbcglobal.net writes:

We used to carry around the baby garter snakes when i was a kid.  My 
older sister got bit once, startled her, but she said if felt like a 
mosquito bite.  We used to bring them to my mom just to freak her out.  
Mom was never distressed by much of anything (she spent time on her 
grandma's farm in Florida in the mid to late 40's), but she hated 
snakes, and was convinced that any mouse in the house had the singular 
plan to crawl up her pants leg or up the sheets to get into her bed.   
Kind of funny coming from the woman who accidently cut off several toes 
with the lawn mower, calmly hobbled inside (with the decapitated toes in 
her hand) and called both the ambulance and a friend to come take care 
of us kids.  P.S.  They did manage to reattach the toes.


andreah wrote:
> Jim, what do you mean you've never felt a snake? AT ALL???? You of all
> people? They're VERY COOL. I've always loved to hold them. And I love all 
> these stories you guys. I can sympathize with the shrieks, although I 
> myself on never "screaming like a girl" I have a couple of times and was
> terribly embarrassed for myself. LOL! Snakes don't bother me in the least,
> but we have these big shiny skinks here that make me shiver when I see 
> Just oogly looking. Those, I won't touch! 
> A
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On 
> Of Jesse Bell
> Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 10:41 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] today
> Wow, the stories this group has to share...amazing stuff.  Not sure
> HOW I would react to a snake falling on me from above...problee have a
> heart attack and keel over - dead.  I like 'em just fine too...away
> from my personal self.  Ughhh.
> On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 9:13 PM, Donna<gossiper@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> My DH seen a snake in our backyard and didn't go back out there for a
>> year......not sure if he got over it, but this week he was back out there
> and
>> decided to drain the pond and clean it.  I about died when I came home to
>> this.  Somehow I know this will end up to be my project and I really 
>> have the time.....
>> Jim, I find it hard to believe with all the gardening you did in Florida
> that
>> you never touched a snake..... and equally impressed that you did touch a
>> gater.....now those are scary.
>> Donna
>> --- On Thu, 7/9/09, james singer <inlandjim1@q.com> wrote:
>> I've never felt a snake. But one of the softest things I ever felt was 
>> belly of an alligator... not hard, not scaly, just soft, like the down on
> a
>> baby duck.
>> On Jul 9, 2009, at 5:19 PM, Daryl wrote:
>>> I've shrieked a couple of times - once when I almost put my hand on a
> snake
>> when I went to turn on the faucet, another time when I stepped on a rat 
> the
>> utility room.  It doesn't help - just leaves your throat raw. ;-)
>>> Truly, having the snake fall on me was such a novel experience I didn't
> have
>> time to react, and when I saw him slide off of my fingertips, I was more
> in
>> awe of his movement than frightened.
>>> d
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95
>> CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
>>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>> Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 7:26 PM
>>> Subject: RE: [CHAT] today
>>>> OMG and you're still among us! I'd still have my hair standing on end
>>>> from that. In fact my vocal cords would probably not ever have
>>>> recovered. I bet they'd have heard me shriek in Australia.
>>>> I like snakes just fine...on the ground clearly visible, or under a 
>>>> where I'm not likely to run across them unexpectedly.
>>>> Cyndi
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
>>>> Behalf Of Daryl
>>>> Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 3:27 PM
>>>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] today
>>>> Yes, that one was pretty slim, and only about 5' long. We've had fatter
>>>> ones
>>>> in the chicken coop, but I've never had them take eggs, or at least not
>>>> that
>>>> I noticed. There's often some variation among various days eggs -
>>>> sometimes
>>>> 10 sometimes 15. They really work at keeping the mice down, though.
>>>> Have you ever had one fall on you from the rafters? I did one day. I 
>>>> surprised by how warm it was as it fell on my head, then slid to my
>>>> shoulder
>>>> and down my arm before moving away.
>>>> d
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "Jesse Bell" <justjess01@gmail.com>
>>>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>>> Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 5:38 PM
>>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] today
>>>>> THAT'S what my snake looks like..only bigger (and fatter now that he
>>>>> ate 3 of my eggs).
>>>>> On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 4:32 PM, Daryl<dp2413@comcast.net> wrote:
>>>>>> We had this lovely specimen in our kitchen a couple of years ago. I
>>>> was
>>>>>> able
>>>>>> to get him out of the house safely, before the cats hurt him.
>>>> sqskdT2Rg&feat=directlink
>>>>>> d

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