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Old 06-24-2012, 04:08 PM   #15
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Brought the MH from storage in early May, apparently with a hitchhiker....yard crew next door spotted a black snake crawling out from under the RV and into the grass. The snake got a first hand experience with the power of John Deere. That evening I found his shed skin in one of the compartments. Never did tell my wife since I really don't think RV'n by myself would be as much fun.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:55 AM   #16
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When we lived in our stick house one morning on the way out of the kitchen going to work I found a small cotton mouth, about 8 inches, under the table. I was able to grab a spatula and use it to cut its head off. Another day near the swamp.
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Back in the `70s when I had a mini-ranch/farm, I found a 12" Diamondback by my front porch. I chopped it's head off and when I was holding it by the tail to skin it to make a watch band cover, the headless body struck my arm. I had to Spackle over and paint the imprint of my body in the ceiling.
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:16 AM   #18
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Snakes don't bother me a bit. I respect the ones with rattles and the ones the "Swamp People" let bite them for The History Channel TV ratings.

I've had to extract a gopher snake from a motorcycle frame. A Sidewinder from a sand rail. We had to kill that one because it was in an area at the dunes where there were thousands of people gathered; many of which were consuming adult beverages. Bad combination. When I was married, scared my wife by bringing home a King snake I found in the middle of the road. I showed it to her in the palm of my hand... I've been bitten by a few non-poisonous ones. One drew blood when I yanked my arm from it's mouth. Naw, they don't bother me.
You're better than me... Ill chase a mouse or a bat, but snakes... H3LL to the NO! That is where I'm a firm believer of hiring a Specialist
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Todd, I take PayPal if you want to pay my transportations cost and service fees.
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Camping at our favorite State Trout park waiting on the arrival of our Daughter and family,DW is cleaning up so they have a clean place too start their mess. Anyway she says "That damn Jerry and his plastic snake" talking of our freind who had left earlier in the day and his delight in scarying the c--p out of her with a small plastic snake. I laughed and went back too my well earned nap. Later in the evening she opened the shower door shoued her favorite profanity as the 12-18" "plastic snake" dropped from the lip at the top the shower enclosure and slithered across the shower floor out into the pocket door. Multi-purpose tool (awning hook) and 5 Gal bucket saved the snake for viewing by the Grandkids and the trip too the nature center for identification the next morning as a small Rat Snake, non-poisonous, returned too nature. DWwas up a little late cleaning up after herself.
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In one of my many picture albums, I have a before-digital picture of blood running down my arm from the motorcycle snake rescue. The rescue didn't cause the bite. It was from when I was sneaking up to the girls with it behind my back. Head in left hand got too close to tail in right hand. I think the blood 'd them more than the snake did.
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Many years ago I worked in a facility at U.C. Berkeley called the bio control of weeds in the Gill tract in Albany Ca. I was fresh faced post doc in genetic engineering and, in a hazing prank, someone had put a 7 foot southern Ca king snake in my locker. Scared me to death when I opened my locker that morning. In the end, she was a nice snake and I ended up adopting her. She was a beautiful dark brown with brilliant yellow stripes her whole length on both sides. She was very strong and healthy but a sweet soul. She certainly was more then capable of inflicting a nasty bite, if she wished but not once in our 4 years together did she ever even venture a try to bite. That evening I took her home and, with no enclosure available, I locked her in the bathroom. 2 hours later I was called back to work. I came home late and crawled into bed next to my wife about 2 AM. We were, at the time, newly weds. She liked an electric blanket set to about 8. Way too hot for me. I was sound asleep and woke to screaming and hair pulling and my wife jumping about. The snake had found the warm blankets and crawled beneath them and curled up right next to my wife whom, I failed to tell we had a new house guest because she came home while I was at work. If only I had a camera that morning. Anyway, after calming her down she and Jenny (the snake) learned to appreciate each other but no matter how much she liked that snake, it always scared her when she woke up next to Jenny in her bed. Finally, I was told 4 years later, that Jenny had to go. My wife disliked my sharing her bed with another woman. Jenny actually had an enclosure but preferred being out all day. We would put her back in the heated enclosure each evening but sometimes we would forget. She never ventured outside and her favorite spot was on top of the TV or window sill.She always welcomed new pets to the house and we had several dogs, cats, birds, and iguanas, over the years. Jenny got donated to a captive breeding facility for reptiles at U.C. where she is on her 26th and probably her last captive breeding. She is now the matriarch there and we visit her from time to time but she is getting pretty old. Come to think of it, so are my wife and I. From records it seems Jenny has 187 progeny. Jenny and I have led charmed lives largely because of Margarets (my wife) making our house a comfortable home where everyone, regardless of species, is welcomed.
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I stopped handling snakes after a rattler bit me when I picked it up.

Once when I was a teenager in Louisiana, I was floating on an air mattress in the bayou behind my house. I was on my stomach enjoying the sunshine when I felt something brush my leg. I thought nothing of it till I felt something crawl onto my calves. I slowly looked over my shoulder and saw a cottonmouth happily sharing the warmth. After what seemed like an eternity, I worked up the courage to grab the snake and fling him off. I was on the bank in 0.2 seconds shaking. The snake swam off. True story.

To this day, I do not kill non poisonous snakes.
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When I was a kid I got bite by a rattler and almost lost my leg. To this day 54 years later I still have nightmares about snakes and I really don't like them. We have 2 large black snakes which live on our property and I don't mess with them because they are supposed to eat other snakes. Last week I got bit by a Brown recluse spider ( see my Florida warning post) so now with a 3" hole in my shoulder I'm starting to dream about spiders as well. Great....
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Bill, I've heard that alcohol applied from the inside, makes spider bites and other wounds heal faster.
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1) Get a good video camera, make a movie entitled "Snakes on a Bus." It'll be a sellout.
2) Your call of course, but if my wife couldn't tell inside duties from outside duties, well... Just sayin. IMHO you should have told DW her snake was cute, you had outside duties to attend to, and gone about breaking camp & heading home. She'da got the snake out somehow.
(Ya think that'd work?)
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Sounds like a great idea, but it might include doghouse duties .
And I'm not talking about an engine cover.
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You may want to check under your couch. It's been my experience that snakes sometimes travel in pairs.

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