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Snake in the house
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DigitalMat    Posted 07-12-2004 at 23:04:47       [Reply]  [No Email]

I guess it's time for my snake story. Last year I asked my wife what she wanted for our 20th anniversary, and she said, "A new kitchen!" Well, I asked for it, so I set about learning how to do it. At the beginning of the installation, we purchased a dishwasher. It stayed in the basement until I needed it. I brought it upstairs and unpacked it, and got down on the floor looking up in it to get an idea what it was about before I sat down to read the instructions. Next thing I know Grizzlie the cat is looking scared and is busy wacking at something with his paw. After having my face up in the bottom of the dishwasher, a copperhead had crawled out and was on the living room floor. It seemed a little slow after being in the cool basement, so I opened the sliding glass door, grabbed it by the tail and threw it outside into the woods. Not very funny!

Dieselrider    Posted 07-13-2004 at 04:56:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're lucky he was woosey. Never grab a snake by the tail as they can come around real quick and strike. You want to grab them right behind the head so as to control the business end. We have had black snakes in the house here several times and garter snakes but, never a copperhead.

DigitalMat    Posted 07-13-2004 at 06:19:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't consider myself a snake expert, but I have been around them enough to know when not to touch it. I first tried to move it out with the broom it was crawling up on, but it fell off fairly close to the door. He was cold enough that he couldn't even turn to face me as I moved around him. I didn't pick him up and carry him, just a quick grap and flip out the door. Not normal by any means, but effective after the amount of investigation I did into his capabilities. Poor guy, he was just looking for a place to spend the winter, and the next thing he knows he is being wacked at by a cat, takes a short ride on a broom, and suddenly finds himself airbourne. A rude awakening to say the least.

mojo    Posted 07-13-2004 at 04:26:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
They'd have found me dead on the floor!!

The folks that had this place before us liked black snakes in the house to get rid of mice. One morning I was headed back upstairs to get something and saw a "belt" laying in the stairway. That's odd, I was the last one down and don't recall seeing that there....!****! IT'S MOVING!!!
A snake shedding it's skin had wandered out of the attic. First thought was of a shotgun but I quickly rallied my 'courage' and used a scoop shovel to heave him out the back door.
I much prefer a dozen cats around the outside of the house to a snake INSIDE the house. He must have been a bachelor because I haven't seen evidence of another in years.

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