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Re: I want a medal

Dang...I would have just taken the bottle of tequila and sat down after that
one.  I don't mind the good snakes in my yard/garden.  Just don't want to
HANDLE one.  Cripes.
Good job Cyndi.

On 8/14/08, james singer <islandjim1@comcast.net> wrote:
> Good for you.
> On Aug 14, 2008, at 7:47 AM, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CG/SCSRT
> wrote:
> I came home last night and started watering this little corner of the
>> back lawn we reseeded a couple weeks ago. We had put down bird netting
>> over it to keep the dogs from digging it up while the grass got started.
>> So I'm standing not terribly close spraying water and I see something
>> moving...uh-oh. It was a 3 ft gopher snake caught up in the netting. I
>> said bad words.  Seems every time we try to use that netting something
>> living gets stuck in it, you'd think we'd know better by now. I looked
>> and he was really tangled, he must have threaded himself through that
>> mesh in 20 places. I wimped out for a moment and called husband's cell
>> phone, but he was nowhere near being home. Damn. Now, I'm not really
>> afraid of snakes, but somehow handling one not in a cage was making me
>> mighty nervous. But I got my little pair of scissors, decided he
>> couldn't move his head far enough to bite me, and started cutting him
>> loose from the tail end. There I am trying desperately to see the fine
>> plastic mesh and cut it off without cutting him, meanwhile the snake is
>> thrashing around my hands. He never did hiss or try to bite me,
>> thankfully, and finally I just grabbed behind the head and lifted him up
>> so I could see better.   Eventually I got him loose and dropped him. He
>> tried to go down a gopher hole near the lawn, but it was blocked about 4
>> inches down so he just laid there with his head down the hole like an
>> ostrich. I couldn't let the dogs loose until he was out of sight so I
>> had to pick him up again and find him a hiding place.
>> After I threw away the netting I  got myself a stiff drink. Sheesh!
>> Cyndi
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> 44.99 N 123.04 W
> Elevation 148'
> Hardiness Zone 8/9
> Heat Zone 5
> Sunset Zone 6
> Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
> Maximum 86 F [30 C]
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