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  • Crazy snakes....already!!!

    I am in the south, so it's been hot already here..... for a month. I have seen more snakes this year than I saw all of last year. Today this one (Red Bellied Water Snake) decided I was not going to go into my house.........again!!! He is the same one ( I'm pretty sure he is the EXACT same one) that I fought with last year when he picked a fight with one of my dogs, and when I went to her rescue, he chased ME!!!! I slung him into the garage door with a broom and we both ran for the porch.
    Today he was again in front of our garage, we threw water on him and pushed him around with the broom until he slithered under my husband's Expedition and crawled up into the under carriage of the car!!!!! Needless to say, we promptly took the car to the other side of the farm and left it there!!!

    We took some cool pictures if someone wants to email me that can post here. gallianofarms@gmail.com

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    I think it's breeding season. March till May, I think?

    He must be looking for love in all the wrong places.
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
    -Rudyard Kipling

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      #3
      Just we I need....

      some more of them

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        ME too!! DARN SNAKES! I saw 4 in one day! Then another one the next day. I am not sure what one of them is but I think its a water snake of some sort. I don't think a cotton mouth, but not sure. I wasn't paying attention and next thing I know there is something on my foot that a kicked pretty far just by walking into it. I look up in time to see its a snake and I ran the other way. The others have been black racers and yellow rat snakes.
        Last edited by Beethoven; Apr. 21, 2011, 11:06 PM.
        I love cats, I love every single cat....
        So anyway I am a cat lover
        And I love to run.

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        • #5
          I was picking up sticks in my yard getting ready to mow for the first time this year, and two of the sticks slithered away from me just before I picked them up.

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            2 weeks ago I removed a small black snake from my barn. Last weekend this little guy spooked my horse: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...5723434&type=1 He looks really big in this picture put he could curl up on the top of a dvd with room to spare.
            I saw another bigger one on the road yesterday. Yep, snakes are crawling.
            "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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              Hmm......PRS

              That one curled up looks suspiciouly poisonous. Don't like the shape of his head. My guy is not poisonous but my snake guy said when they are threatened they will mimic a poisonous one by flattening out their head. It worked, scared me

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              • #8
                Yep, they're all over the place here, too.

                Have to brag about my baby greenie though: we were on our way to the jump field last weekend, where my trainer traditionally makes Quattro open the gate while she's mounted (she's a great sport and knows I have every intention of making the boy do Extreme Trail at some point). He absolutely would NOT go near that gate! He didn't spook or rear or bolt or run, he just PLANTED all four feet and waited calmly for the humans to figure out something was wrong.

                Yep, there was a huge ol' snake curled up way deep in the grass about 14" away - 6 inches from where his front feet would have needed to go in order to be in gate-opening position.

                When you get a GOOD Saddlebred, they really have awesome brains!
                "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief

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                  Originally posted by paintjumper View Post
                  That one curled up looks suspiciouly poisonous. Don't like the shape of his head. My guy is not poisonous but my snake guy said when they are threatened they will mimic a poisonous one by flattening out their head. It worked, scared me
                  Yeah, I'd bet that's some type of pit viper! Be careful!
                  "Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of passions." David Hume

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                    One of my dogs has killed 3 this week! Two in one day. They are on the move lookin' for love. Now, I like the snakes (rather have them than rats!) and try to leave them alone. I wish she wouldn't go hunting them. I'm afraid she'll come across a pigmy rattler one of these days. She needs to stick to hurting grass hoppers and grubs.
                    Groom to trainer: "Where's the glamour? You promised me glamour!"

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                      Originally posted by Zarafia View Post
                      Yeah, I'd bet that's some type of pit viper! Be careful!
                      I agree...and think I see a rattle on it's tail.
                      When people show you who they truly are, believe them. Maya Angelou

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                        You're right Just Trails....

                        I see it, right next to his head. I don't like to kill things, but poisonous snakes are on my list of things that that I like better in Heaven! .......much better in Heaven.

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                          I see it too. Definitely a "button" (baby's rattle) and a second rattle. (Not sure on the second one, but the button is good enough to identify him as a rattlesnake). And yes, they are poisonous from day one.
                          I'd hate to tell you to kill him, but definitely don't try to handle him. Maybe, if you have it in your heart to spend money on him, call an exterminator or critter handler who has a venomous permit and have him relocated.
                          "Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of passions." David Hume

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                            Originally posted by paintjumper View Post
                            That one curled up looks suspiciouly poisonous. Don't like the shape of his head. My guy is not poisonous but my snake guy said when they are threatened they will mimic a poisonous one by flattening out their head. It worked, scared me
                            When I said he spooked my horse...it was because he rattled at us. Wasn't very loud but I did hear it, and I know Tavis certainly heard it. It is indeed poisonous. I believe it's a timber rattler. Note the tiny little rattle about 10:00 oclock. He wasn't on my property and was just hanging out on the edge of the woods. I did debate killing him but he wasn't hurting anyone where he was at and trying to dig him out of the vines might have gotten me bitten. I've decided to quit relocating my black snakes off the property and just drop them back in the woods where this little guy was. Black snakes eat rattle snakes.
                            "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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                              Didn't know that about blacksnakes, but I do know that kingsnakes eat venomous snakes and emit an odor that venomous snakes are wary of. To the point that researchers are trying to replicate that chemical odor as a snake repellant!
                              "Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of passions." David Hume

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                                Originally posted by Zarafia View Post
                                Didn't know that about blacksnakes, but I do know that kingsnakes eat venomous snakes and emit an odor that venomous snakes are wary of. To the point that researchers are trying to replicate that chemical odor as a snake repellant!
                                "Blacksnake" is apparently southern speak for Black King Snake And they do have a musty odor when they are bothered.
                                "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by PRS View Post
                                  "Blacksnake" is apparently southern speak for Black King Snake
                                  Gotcha! (I was thinking black racer or indigo snake)
                                  "Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of passions." David Hume

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                                  • #18
                                    They are out here too. I saw 1 tiny cornsnake when I picked up my broom. There was also a tiny lizard there too, I think I cost him a meal! Sorry little guy! Also my black racer who likes to hangout around the manure pile was out the other day. He has been around for several years and he gives me a start every time I see him! I scold him, but to no avail! We always have big corn snakes around, but haven't seen any of them yet. Each year we seem to get a not so nice snake of some sort too, and if he's near the barn he has to die. I hate it, but I have to protect my horses first.
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                                      BTW PRS, your signature cracks me up, and rings true LOL! For me it's my Dad that I worry about if I should pass.
                                      "Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of passions." David Hume

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                                        Be careful! My JRT is just getting back to normal after a bite from I think a pygmy rattler on Tuesday. Just thankful she is alive! Upsetting and costly.

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