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RE: I want a medal

I was hoping it would slide out like that but the mesh was really tight
around his middle, almost cutting into him, and it was catching on all
the little scales. So I had to cut it. If he'd been aggressive at all
I'd have waited for husband to get home, he wasn't near death so it
would have been okay. It all worked out anyway.
Nothing exciting happened last night, although I did run across a rabbit
hiding in the pepper plants. I think the sudden zucchini death (SZD) was
mildew after all. I'm not sure I have anything to spray for that but
I'll look through my supplies tonight.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Zemuly Sanders
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 5:27 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] I want a medal

The same thing happened to me a few years ago with a chicken snake that
about 5 feet long.  I had my friend hold up the netting with a long
stick so
I could figure out how to release the snake.  In my case gravity enabled
snake to somehow slide out backwards.  What a relief.  It was so tangled
didn't know how I would ever have released it.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message -----
From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CG/SCSRT"
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 9:47 AM
Subject: [CHAT] I want a medal

>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
> 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
> 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
> so I could see better.   Eventually I got him loose and dropped him.
> tried to go down a gopher hole near the lawn, but it was blocked about
> 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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