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Old 06-23-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Snakes in the rv

This is a true story about our week end camping experience. The DW and I had just had a wonderful 3 days camping in northern Georgia. As usual, I was outside breaking camp while she was inside putting things together for our trip back to Florida. I heard her scream out "there's a snake in the RV" (actually I had to clean up her exact phrasing a bit) . When I got inside, sure enough there was a black racer snake trying to slip under the slide out couch.
Get it she screamed! Now that is the last thing I was going to do because I am deathly afraid of snakes. I tried to convince her that was an inside responsibility but that only caused her to use more profanity. I thought about just selling the RV with the snake thrown in as a freebie. Somehow I worked up the courage to pin it down with an umbrella...now what to do? What would Marlin Perkins do? A thought came to mind. I used my BBQ tongs to grab a hold of the snake and pull him out from under the couch by his tail, which must have aggravated him somewhat, as he now slivered over my hand. I screamed like a little girl (no disrespect meant) as I ran out the coach door with this huge serpent coiled around my hand (ok maybe he was 1 1/2 foot long, but he SEEMED huge to me at the time. I threw him and the tongs into some soft warm grass. I think it is time to get another set of tongs...my question is, do they make six foot long BBQ tongs?
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You made me cry. Too funny.
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Funny!
They do make cats...
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You made me cry. Too funny.
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My worst nightmare! I'd of had to sell my coach.

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Once I stopped laughing I thought of a suggestion...

Get an Australian Terrier. Renowned snake hunters.
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Sounds like he was to small to make a pair of boots ,good to just throw him out. Maybe he will be big enough next time Jim
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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.
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If a snake ever bit me, I would not die from the venom, I would die from a "HEART ATTACK".
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Oh geez. And here I thought my coach was impenetrable. Just this past week a couple told us a story of a mouse which involved a terror-struck wife spending a portion of the night in the shower as she felt it was the only "safe" mouse-free place. We've brought bugs in from stores (gross) but I do NOT want to think about rodents or God forbid snakes. Bless you for admitting you screamed like a girl. DH is a Sergeant Major so I'm not sure if he'd just scream on the inside . . .
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dokie, what would you do if a lizard bit you? After all, it's just a snake with legs.
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Anybody been able to walk up to a wild mouse and pet it? If they know you are there, you will be lucky to even see it. Peanut butter works great in a snap-trap.
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Well, yes, they do, sort of, but 3' is easier to find.

Fireplace tongs are about 3 feet.

Your "Grabbit" disability aids are as well.

But they make tree pruning tools that are longer and can easily be made into "Tongs"

My recommendation would be a fish net.. Long handle and the mesh will fool the thing long enough to get it out doors.

But then.. I am not all that afraid of most snakes. And I know which ones to be afraid of.
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Noose-on-a-stick. Take any piece of hollow tubing and run any kind of flexible material up the inside leaving a loop at the end. slip the loop over his head and pull.

I made one out of some tubing and safety wire once because it was the only flexible material handy. Had to pull a 6' king snake out of a cable tray in one of our buildings. Thing was, once I had him he coiled up around the end and twisted the wire so I couldn't let him loose - ended up with a 10lb ball of Pissed-off-snake-on-a-stick.

For non-venomous critters, heat mitts are pretty good for grabbing them. The little teeth have a harder time getting to you with all that fabric and insulation.
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