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Re: First snake of the season

The garter snakes are out in force here, too. Also saw an ornate box  
turtle and rescued a western painted turtle crossing the road. Frogs  
are all over the place!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On May 6, 2008, at 10:44 PM, Theresa G. wrote:

> I had a nice sized garter snake slither past my backdoor- on his way  
> from side garden to back garden last week.  The cats were glued to  
> the sliding glass door (that's how I knew something was out there).
> Theresa
> Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
>> We've been seeing newspaper articles about the rattlesnakes, and a  
>> local
>> email group I subscribe to has been talking about the many snakes out
>> now, but I saw our first one only yesterday. I went to swing open the
>> drive gate while husband drove the truck out and there was a HUGE  
>> gopher
>> snake preparing to slither across the drive, only a little ways  
>> from my
>> feet. Had to be over 3 feet long for sure. I leaped, of course, but  
>> said
>> very calmly "Snake, don't run over it".  So husband got out of the
>> truck, checked him out to make sure it was really a gopher snake, and
>> grabbed it to relocate under the hay container. That man has nerves  
>> of
>> steel.
>> I got my peppers planted, 31 chile peppers  and 35 sweet peppers. The
>> chiles are mostly poblano and Anaheim with a couple jalapeno and a
>> couple habanero. I've not grown habanero before so this will be
>> interesting. The sweet peppers are half red, yellow, and orange bells
>> and half the red Marconi or Corno di Toro type. I'm glad I put them
>> under row cover since the wind came up in a big way Sunday  
>> afternoon and
>> was still blowing hard this morning. This year it would be easier to
>> just mention when there is NOT strong wind, it's been so incessant.
>> I uncovered the peas but I couldn't find the rabbit fencing stuff I  
>> used
>> last year, and husband didn't have time to run the hot wire, so
>> hopefully the rabbits can't eat too much between now and Tuesday  
>> evening
>> when we can fix it.
>> Got the back lawn mowed too, it's been a while.  Poor lawn, it's seen
>> better days. Between the gophers, the dogs digging after the gophers,
>> and our haphazard sprinkler maintenance it is pretty shabby. I am not
>> sure if it makes sense to keep it a lawn anyway - the sycamore tree
>> roots are so big now that the surface is terribly uneven.   But I  
>> don't
>> have any better ideas either.
>> Cyndi
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