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It's offical..the serpents are out here in NC

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  • It's offical..the serpents are out here in NC

    Well, I knew it was coming, but didn't anticipate running into my first one in 50 degree wet weather today.

    My dalmatian runs ahead of me and sticks his nose down and I saw it.... Harmless Black Snake, but I screamed like a baby. Told my dog to come back, which he did.

    Black Snake was playing possum until the intruders left the scene.

    I don't mind snakes, but just hate running up on one...it always makes me weak in the knees, no matter how many I see.

  • #2
    Originally posted by dalpal View Post
    I don't mind snakes, but just hate running up on one...it always makes me weak in the knees, no matter how many I see.
    Bleccchhhh! I had one in the house last sumer that ate a baby turkey I was fostering. I hate the damn things. Saw my first black snake here in VA about three weeks ago.
    Ridge Farm Inc.-full care retirement


    • #3

      I hate them... they're one of the few sucky things about warm weather.


      • #4
        Oh man... I'll take a snake over the huge, hand sized wolf spiders, and the black widows that nest under my water troughs around here!
        \"For all those men who say, \"Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,\" here\'s an update for you: Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it\'s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage.\"-


        • #5
          You guys are giving me the willies!
          There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


          • #6
            Thanks. I am still trying to enjoy the weather without thinking about seeing any snakes!!


            • #7
              It doesn't seem fair, doesn't it? First the flood and now the serpents are looking for high ground.. and so are we...
              "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
              The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


              • #8
                We walked up on our first iguana of the summer last weekend on a trail ride! I squealed like a child! Once I get used to expecting them I am fine, but they are so big and the hiss is so scary when you aren't expecting it!!!


                • #9
                  Do you guiys have poisonous snakes over there? We have rattlers-but the rest at least my area are supposed to be non-posionous(although they don't look it when they go slithering by!)


                  • #10
                    We have cottonmouths and copperheads, had a mare get bit on nose by what we are pretty sure was a copperhead last year. Poor thing it was UNBEARABLE to her, but lots of good care and she was good as new


                    • #11
                      Little Winston and I ran across a baby serpent (water moccasin, maybe?) at our last dog training class at a local park. It blended in really well with the asphalt path, and I only saw it because it was MAD MAD MAD and striking out at anything that moved.
                      Full-time bargain hunter.


                      • #12
                        I remember when my lovely horse got spooked by a black snake in the grass in NC and almost dumped me on top of it. I know they aren't poisonous but I figure if a huge human body landed on it...it would bite. And don't remind me about those humongo wolf spiders and the copperheads under the mounting block...yes there are some things I don't miss upon leaving NC....


                        • Original Poster

                          NC State owns the property beside the creek. Every now and then I run into the biologists surveying/working.

                          I asked them last summer if they had seen any snakes (they were in the really snakey areas) and they said "NOT ONE"...and I"m thinking, well DAMN, I've seen 7 out here....how the hell did you get so lucky?

                          My husband came close to stepping right on top of a snake last year, he was curled up in a swampy area (and yes, we were STUPID to be in that part of the property)...he swore it was a moccassin....charcoal gray/pattern with white underbelly. I heard him yell "OH $#$%#$ SNAKE"...at this point, I let out a yip and see this thing sliding over the weeds in my direction...I glady let him pass. Husband said, no doubt..moccassin (cottonmouth).

                          But when I asked the NC State Biologists....they told me that we do not have cottonmouths/moccassins in this part of the state....we have water snakes (nonpoisionious/but aggressive)...the Moccassins are down more in the Fayettville/eastern part.....now whether or not this is true, I haven't a clue. Husband swears that it was indeed a moccassin.

                          I've also heard that juvienlle copperheads and moccassins look very similar. The young copperheads are darker when they are young.

                          The black snakes are harmless, but I hope I don't run into either one of the other two.

                          Good thing about the moccassins, they apparently don't venture out and stay in their own terriorty, so unless you enter their area, they don't come seeking you either. Cooperheads, different story....you can find those things hiding under all sorts of things...those are the ones that I really worry about.


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by Hannahsmom View Post
                            I remember when my lovely horse got spooked by a black snake in the grass in NC and almost dumped me on top of it. I know they aren't poisonous but I figure if a huge human body landed on it...it would bite. And don't remind me about those humongo wolf spiders and the copperheads under the mounting block...yes there are some things I don't miss upon leaving NC....
                            Where did you go to get away from snakes...please tell me.


                            • #15
                              Hey! Saw our first one of the year today also. We were saddling up the horses and our Irish Setter dog started pointing and growling at the nearby fence row. "Too early in the year" says I, but I went to look anyway and sure enough, a six-foot plus gray rat snake was heading towards the barn.

                              Just in time, too. I like the rat snakes around the barn for rodent control. For the past two days there have been signs of mice, so Go Get 'Em, Snakey boy!
                              "It’s a well-documented fact that of all the animals in the realm of agriculture, Bulls have the highest job satisfaction rate."~~Ree Drummond, AKA the Pioneer Woman


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by dalpal View Post
                                Where did you go to get away from snakes...please tell me.
                                Even if it wasn't Saint Paddy's Day, the answer would still be....Ireland!
                                "It’s a well-documented fact that of all the animals in the realm of agriculture, Bulls have the highest job satisfaction rate."~~Ree Drummond, AKA the Pioneer Woman


                                • Original Poster

                                  I hope they will clean up the field rat population here too. I've seen too many rats this winter scurrying about the fields....my dogs have killed several. This is my first full year at this boarding barn, I don't know if this is a normal number of rats, but if not.....something tells me that I'll be seeing more than 7 snakes this year.

                                  I do prefer the snakes to the rats....but I just wish they wouldn't show themselves to me.


                                  • #18
                                    I have one called George and his brother Herman that live at my back door where I have some landscape bricks keeping the dirt and garden back. I couldn't tell you how many times I've opened the door to find them sunning themselves on the metal plate that you walk over (yep, that thingamagig ) and have them slide into the mud room. I don't mind them but I also GASP when I first see them.

                                    I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


                                    • #19
                                      Okay, DH and I had been talking about moving east and NC was one of the states we were considering. Now I'm starting to think that we're better off staying in the Seattle area where there are virtually no poisonous snakes or spiders! I forgot that I hate snakes!
                                      Flying F Sport Horses
                                      Horses in the NW


                                      • #20
                                        uuuugggghhhh....two of my least favorite memories from the time I lived in Florida are the giant hand-sized spider that was on my bedroom ceiling one night and the snake I found in the kitchen.
                                        I was informed that neither one was poisonous, but I really didn't care.
                                        I'm not terribly thrilled with either critter out of doors (especially snakes - I don't do snakes), but when they come in my house that's when I really have a problem.