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Guess what my wife found in our waterfall? A nice new addition to our family of pets. I was just finishing up mowing our back pasture and I get the call. "You need to get over here right now!" Says the wife, so I head on over and see what all the hubub is about. She says she was checking her plants and look what says hello to her from the plastic tub at the bottom of our waterfall.

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So I had to move a pretty big rock we use as a backsplash to get it out. I used our pool net to scoop it into the trash can. I took it over to a neighgors to see what he though it was and it attempted to escape so needles to say he didn't make it. Mean ol Mr. shovel and he had a little meeting. In the end I figured out that it was a black rat snake that isn't poisonous, but sure scared the heck out of me!!!! I hated to kill it but I can't take a chance on having a poisonous snake around. :captain:
 

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aaarghhh.. the one thing i really hate is snakes...




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they give me the heeby jeebies...
 

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He did that a few times just no teeth.:dazed: I saw the whole thing, coils, hissing, striking, and shaking the tail. He was pretty angry.:argh:
 

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Originally posted by Stewart
He did that a few times just no teeth.:dazed: I saw the whole thing, coils, hissing, striking, and shaking the tail. He was pretty angry.:argh:

yes stew but you'd be angry too if you saw 2 guys with a shovel that you know was meant for you..
 

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I really hate to see a snake killed though. Ain't no telling how may snakes are killed just because they are a "snake". I may be crazy (I've been told I am many times anyhow) but I usually catch and relocate all snakes, even the venomeous ones. I have a snake snare, and also a snake hook, but will use a shovel or other item to pin on down until I can get a proper hold on it. About 2 years ago there was a huge eastern diamondback on the side of the road in front of the house. They are around this area but this was the first I have seen in the wild, and two of us did our best to catch that thing but it was too big for the hook I have or the snare, but it won in the end and managed to get into the taller grass and brush and escape.........never seen it again. I have had a few close calls with rattlers and copper heads, and as a kid was bitten by a copperhead while barefoot at my grandfathers farm........had a close call with a copper head about 2 months ago. Stuck and was so close I could feel the breeze on my face...............went to burn trash and never looked and leaned down to light the pile of trash that was placed there earlier in the morning and wammmmmm a copper head struck at me. Never seen it until I had already leaned over into the trash pile to light it, and it was alomost too late to react. Too darn close for comfort...........but I managed to catch it and relocate it.

I kept a 3 foot timber rattler and a 2 foot cane break rattler for years in a glass cage I made for them. Cane break rattlers are among the worst ones, about like that little pacific rattler.....small snake bad problems with their bites.

My land is prime territory for snakes. Hot dry sandy soils, oak and pine trees, swampy areas and a stream and pond, so needless to say I tend to not walk around at night without a light, and the majority of things are stored off the ground, and brush piles and tree limbs are kept cleaned up and far away from the house.

Rat snakes are great to have around as they are devastating eating machines on mice and rats.............but at my place they like to eat chicken or other poultry eggs as well as young chicks, and its not uncommon to find a rat snake coiled up in a nest box when you go to gather eggs, so you always look before reaching in.
 

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Last week we had a service call on a clothes dryer that the motor would hum but not run. When the tech pulled the blower cover he found what turned out to be about 2 foot long black snake wrapped around the fan and still alive. Like myself he had no interest in touching it himself. The tech I was with at the time had some experience with snakes and agreed to help. Since this dryer was in a beauty shop we decided best carry it out in the parking lot in case the snake tried to make a break for it. The snake was torn up a bit and not very happy. After moving the fan the snake freed itself and crawled back out of the pipe. The tech managed to catch him using some leather gloves and pull him the rest of the way out. After striking at the glove a couple of times we released him back into the creek behind the building. The owner wanted us to kill the snake but we told them we would fix a screen for the vent that was at ground level instead. This was the second time this year they had a snake crawl in there. The tech who removed the snake said since it was not poisonous he hated to kill it, who knows how many rats and mice it had eliminated from the area. I seldom see a snake around here that large. The small ones I generally see run from me as fast as I do them. :hide:

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I agree with preserving snakes...they serve a valuable purpose in the food chain...They rid the planet of mice and rats and other vermin no one wants to put up with.
 

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I hated to have to do him in, I didn't have time to do a search and be sure what type of snake he was. When he is climbing out of the trash can my little heart was going pitter patter rather quickly. I havn't seen a lot of snakes out in the "wild" and would have hated to leave a poisonous snake running around my backyard. I have hiked all over Colorado, and been out in the woods quit a bit and haven't run across more than a handfull of snakes all non poisonous. Oklahoma has a few of the poisonous variety so my thought at the time was better safe that sorry!

I know you guys aren't latte drinkin tree huggers, but are trying to help keep the local rodent population in check as well.

I am sure there are more of his brothers and sisters running around the house and hope I haven't pissed them off! Thanks for the input.:truth:
 

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you murderer you killed a poor snake!
 

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Stew: the snake killer..

i give you credit.. if it were me id probably move (as fast as i could possibly move) away from the thing.. i really dont like snakes..



Chip: man, i do not know if id want to even walk around your place.. snakes everywhere, alligators on the shore of your pond, moles taking over everything... :furious:
 

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Originally posted by simple_john
Stew: the snake killer..

i give you credit.. if it were me id probably move (as fast as i could possibly move) away from the thing.. i really dont like snakes..



Chip: man, i do not know if id want to even walk around your place.. snakes everywhere, alligators on the shore of your pond, moles taking over everything... :furious:
But he probably could sent them all into mass extinction with the dynamite and claymore mines he has strategically placed around the state of AL. There is a plan ---- bring em closer...then BOOOM
let em have it! :D

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A snake that runs, now that has to be a first. Probably you could have gotten a small fortune for a running snake..........Snakes in my area all crawl or slither around:furious:

BTW how many legs did that running black rat snake have?;)
 

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Originally posted by Chipmaker
A snake that runs, now that has to be a first. Probably you could have gotten a small fortune for a running snake..........Snakes in my area all crawl or slither around:furious:

BTW how many legs did that running black rat snake have?;)
You are now on my list Chip!!!:twoonone:
 

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my dad years ago was service man for a ford tractor dealer bak in mid latee 60s had teritory of delaware n parts of jersey pa and md thy were buildin a peahbottom power plant in pa on susquehanna river he sd the power cmpny hired a expert trapper tht new snakes cause thy had ciopperheads there n everytime tht guy had go chek machines b4 anyone cld go near thm dad sd guy always found copperheads on the backhoes cause the heat big whig wth power cmpny had guy catch ntwo n he was goin make table n keep snakes inside for pets n conversation piece i say HELL wth that lol i m big chicken wen it comes 2 snakes :jumpropeb :crazysun: :jumpropeb :chicken: :chicken: :chicken:
 

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I leave the non venomous ones alone but the venomous ones get there heads cut off.:knife: There is no place for venomous snakes at my place.
 

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Originally posted by Chipmaker
A snake that runs, now that has to be a first. Probably you could have gotten a small fortune for a running snake..........Snakes in my area all crawl or slither around:furious:

BTW how many legs did that running black rat snake have?;)
Their little legs are like the wings of humming birds. It requires special photographic equipment to see them. They move too fast for the human eye. I'm surprised you did not know that Chip.

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