Years ago when we lived in another house there used to be a nice-sized
garden snake that would curl up on my sunny doorstep on bright
mornings. I didn't mind him at all, but visitors would often get excited
and make a fuss. Those were the days when we had milk delivered, and
the delivery man always complained. One day I got tired of all the
complaints and called the Bear Mountain Zoo and asked if they would
like to have the snake. I was standing near the open door looking at
the snake as I talked. They said they would take it, but could not send
anyone to collect it. I said, no problem, I'll bring it to you. I hung up
and went down to the basement to get a box for the snake. When I
got back it was gone, and never reappeared. I was just sure he had
heard my conversation and decided to make himself scarce.
In a message dated 7/9/2009 2:11:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
him 4-5 miles away to keep him from coming back to my chicken house.
Wow. That's a long way for something that slithers....
On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 12:46 PM, james singer<email@example.com> wrote:
> Used to be a big one that hung around the plantation. It ate squirrels,
> which was okay by me.
> On Jul 9, 2009, at 8:36 AM, Jesse Bell wrote:
>> Well, in defense of my mother in law killing one - it had eaten 20
>> eggs! They had 9 children in that family and relied on the eggs for
>> food...and she wasn't about to let it get by with eating 20 of her
>> eggs. Some of those chicken/rat snakes can get HUGE!! My mother
>> killed one when I lived out on the farm in Enid, Oklahoma. She didn't
>> know what kind of snake it was, but it was slithering up the pole on
>> our swing set and was already at the top of the swingset...and it's
>> tail had not even left the grass yet. Dad said it was about 8 feet
>> long...and was upset that mom killed it. He would have put it in the
>> barn to eat the mice.
>> On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 10:03 AM, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95
>> CS/SCOSI<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> Wow. I've seen snakes eating eggs on TV but I've never seen one in the
>>> wild. Of course we don't have much wildlife here.
>>> It sure would have been one of those adrenaline moments for me too. I
>>> can't imagine wanting the eggs bad enough to kill the snake and squeeze
>>> the eggs out though.
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
>>> Behalf Of Jesse Bell
>>> Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 6:47 AM
>>> To: email@example.com
>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] today
>>> Last night I went outside and worked in my gardens. It felt really,
>>> really good. It was hot and humid and my clothes were soaked by the
>>> time I came in, but I felt better inside. Just being outside and
>>> focusing on pulling Bermuda grass and where to plant something keeps
>>> me grounded. And for some reason, my thoughts are more "gentle" out
>>> there. I can let things roll off my shoulders. My husband and kids
>>> don't get it. They can't understand WHY in the WORLD I would rather
>>> spend my evening out there than inside where it's cool. Then I went
>>> out to my chicken house to gather eggs...and for the FIRST time since
>>> I've owned chickens...I found a snake in there, and it had eaten all
>>> my eggs and was coiled up in a box. Freaked me out. The "garden-zen"
>>> moment was kinda LOST after that!! (laughing). I picked it up with a
>>> pitch fork while my husband caught it in a fishing net and we put it
>>> in a cage. Gonna move him out to the country somewhere, otherwise
>>> he'll just keep coming back to Chez Bell for dinner. My grandparents
>>> and mother-in-law would have killed it and squeezed the eggs back
>>> out...but there were only a few in him, and I don't have the heart to
>>> kill it. They aren't poisonous. I have no idea what kind of snake it
>>> is though. Chicken Snakes are shiny and black...almost blue/black.
>>> This one is brown with some weird markings on it.
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