Oh man....I was so absorbed by this story...and I'm reading along
going "yeh, yeh, uh huhhhh" and my brain said "OH I bet it was a
poisonous snake all this time and she didn't know it" and then you
said it disappeared. I just knew you would say it was some kind of
crazy poisonous snake cause that happened to a friend of mine. This
"cute" snake that was always in her garden ended up being a poisonous
one. It would sun itself on a rock in one of the beds. She walked all
around it, all the time, weeded right next to it...and one day a
neighbor saw it and said, "uhhmmm you need to slowly walk away from
that snake...." It was a copperhead. It wasn't a HUGE one...it was
young, so she just thought it was some kind of garter snake. YIKES.
On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 1:22 PM, <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:
> 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,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> 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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