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I saw a snake this morning!!!!

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  • I saw a snake this morning!!!!

    Some of you might know my curiousity and phobia about snakes. Curiosity to those of you down south who seem to like some smakes and encourage them in your barn.
    I think I ask questions or make comments on every single snake there

    Anyhow, my horses decided to go through a fence line where its well, weedy and lots of tall weeds that they don't eat to get to a better pasture.
    So, this morning I went down, in my bare legs to 'fix' the fence.
    About 5' in front of me, Mr. Snake(about3') goes scurrying off. He stops, I stop, he thinks I can't see him, but I can, and thats how I know how big he is.
    It actually made me feel a bit better knowing he heard/felt me, and decided to exit the scene.
    He is only a garter snake, but probably one of the biggest I have seen.
    My heart didn't pound or anything! I think you guys have worn off a bit on meA!
    save lives...spay/neuter/geld

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    Congrats on a peaceful encounter!

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    • #3
      I've stepped over 5' long black snakes that I thought were sticks

      we've seen exactly one copperhead in 20+ years on our place. Lots of garter/rat/chicken snakes which are all welcome. Ok the one that wadded up between my Noodle Dog's bed and her bowl, scaring her to bits, ok that one was not so welcome LOL

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      • #4
        Most snakes are harmless to humans and beneficial to the environment. I'll never understand the "All snakes must die" attitude. Although I don't encourage snakes to take up residency in my barn or anywhere else for that matter I don't fear them either and will relocate a snake found inside or too close to my chicken coop.
        "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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        • #5
          EEEWWWW ~ I HATE SNAKES ~~~~~ all snakes ~~~~ SORRY KNOW I SHOULDN"T ~ BUT I HATE EEEWWWW THEM ! ~ KILL IT !" " l know not a very Optmistic post BUT EEEWWWW !
          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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          • #6
            Glad to hear you had an uneventful snake encounter!

            Snakes do NOT have ears so they can't hear you talking and such, but they do "hear" vibrations in the ground VERY well and can often tell if it's something big or small. They will try to get away from anything big, but if they feel threatened or cornered they will bite. I wouldn't worry too much and they are good to have around for killing rodents.

            Having said all of that and being someone who has cared for many different types of reptiles and snakes, I do still kill the poisonous ones. I have had eastern diamond back rattlers, copperheads, and corals here. I am also experienced enough to be able to tell who is who so I don't kill any good ones. we have had a huge king here for years and i love him. They EAT rattle snakes!!!!

            So, enjoy your little garter snake. he's a good guy to have around.

            before people ask, the red touching yellow is a coral and red touching black is harmless!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by katarine View Post
              I've stepped over 5' long black snakes that I thought were sticks
              Katarine, be careful stepping over snakes. I USED to do that, my mare used to do that when I asked but no more (I'm not going to ask her.) I posted a few weeks ago about the black racer who actually struck at us when we started to go around him. From what I understand it was probably because it is/was breeding season but that cured me of steppin over snakes! I don't want either of us bitten..even if it's not a poisonous snake. YIKE.
              You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pj View Post
                Katarine, be careful stepping over snakes. I USED to do that, my mare used to do that when I asked but no more (I'm not going to ask her.) I posted a few weeks ago about the black racer who actually struck at us when we started to go around him. From what I understand it was probably because it is/was breeding season but that cured me of steppin over snakes! I don't want either of us bitten..even if it's not a poisonous snake. YIKE.
                This ! is why I hate snakes ~~~
                Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                • #9
                  Hey, we've actually found something to crack Zu Zu's happy-happy-joy-joy facade!

                  Zu Zu, I hope you live in the frozen tundra if you're that deathly afraid of snakes.

                  I like my black rat snakes and black racers. Heck, I didn't even mind when a black racer baby got in the house and I used a broom to usher him out the front door.

                  If I have the black snakes around, I don't have to worry about the venomous copperheads.
                  Homeopathy claims water can cure you since it once held medicine. That's like saying you can get sustenance from an empty plate because it once held food.

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                  • #10
                    I was riding in the dressage arena and wondered and remarked to my trainer about the long "branch" in the middle of the arena..... then the "branch" went across and exited at B...... It was harmless, black snake..... the birds were really angry at it!!!
                    We do not have an overpopulation of dogs, we have an under population of responsible dog owners!!!

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                    • #11
                      Snake thread... must look at snake thead......can't help myself....

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                      • #12
                        Phobias by definition are never rational. Congratulations for surviving without the heebie-jeebies taking over! And for every snake you see, there are a dozen rats that you won't, thanks to him or her.
                        Click here before you buy.

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                        • #13
                          I am also very afraid of snakes, but have tried to become a little more rational about them after reading the snake thread here. I scream like a 10 year old girl when I see them. Last fall during a very rainy patch, a very small (6 inch) baby snake crawled through the cinder blocks in my foundation and ended up in my basement. He left, so I thought, but a month ago he reappeared. I secretly hoped my cat would take care of him, but the stupid cat was lying next to the snake as if they were long lost friends. So I did what I consider a VERY brave act. I put a giant tupperware tub over the snake- got an even larger one, and with a broom pushed snake and tupperrware into the larger tupperware, covered and brought snake outside via the bulkhead. Hopefully he will remember my kindness and not scare the crap out of me in the future. Peaceful coexistence is all I strive for.

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                          • #14
                            DH found a garter snake the other day (actually the cat found it and was stalking/pawing it). I told him to relocate him away from the back door. If I would have thought more- maybe I would have relocated him down by the barns so he could do some good! Of course- he was only a foot long so had some growin to do.

                            I've only encountered one black snake about 5 years ago- and whew am I glad!

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                            • #15
                              I am totally ok with all non poisonous snakes on my property. Any poisonous ones must die.
                              When we moved to our farm in 2003, we killed a couple of pygmy rattlers. A few years ago my husband killed a 4' timber rattler, and then we didn't see any more snakes until last July 5 when my dog Megan was bitten in the face by a 6' diamond back. Unfortunately she did not survive, but neither did the snake.
                              Two weeks later I had another one just as big in my barn, and that one did not leave alive either.
                              We did not see any more until about a month ago, my friend was in my barn in the afternoon and just as she let my mare in her stall for dinner a 6' rattler in the back corner of the stall started rattling. Thank God the mare has some sense, she just walked right back out, and then the snake came out and slithered off into the woods.
                              We have not see any since then, but you can bet I am very careful to look before walking into the stalls or around corners etc.
                              I hate to kill anything if I don't have to, and really would be ok with all of us coexisting peacefully if I thought the damn things wouldn't bite me, kill my dogs or god forbid bite my little niece.
                              So in addition to the goose gun (long barrel 12 ga w #8 shot) I keep in the tackroom, I bought a Judge with a long barrel that I wear around the farm.
                              "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin

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                              • #16
                                One of the first really warm weekends this year, early afternoon, i was driving out of our local trail riding location. There was a large black stick across the road, but it moved, and of course it was a blacksnake. I stopped to let it finish it's sleepy progress across the gravel drive, but there were two vehicles behind me who thought I was just ... stopped, for some reason. One tried to pass on the left, and one on the right, till they got to where they could see What It Was. There was also someone coming from the other direction, who had to stop because I had to move over before he could pass. Snake got the picture, what with all of these vehicles vibrating on the ground, and left. Had it not been a blacksnake, I probably would not have stopped ...
                                "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

                                Spay and neuter. Please.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by monstrpony View Post
                                  One of the first really warm weekends this year, early afternoon, i was driving out of our local trail riding location. There was a large black stick across the road, but it moved, and of course it was a blacksnake. I stopped to let it finish it's sleepy progress across the gravel drive, but there were two vehicles behind me who thought I was just ... stopped, for some reason. One tried to pass on the left, and one on the right, till they got to where they could see What It Was. There was also someone coming from the other direction, who had to stop because I had to move over before he could pass. Snake got the picture, what with all of these vehicles vibrating on the ground, and left. Had it not been a blacksnake, I probably would not have stopped ...
                                  Ew, I remember when I lived in NC there was a black snake as long as the road, someone drove over it and it wrapped around the tires!

                                  I was shocked when I lived in AZ to find out just how many kinds of rattlesnakes there are...hundereds, and some will kill you in minutes. A very common practice was snake training for dogs- what I gather is they basically scared the poop out of the dogs so they would not have any interest in going near a snake. Fortunately the only ones I ever saw were dead in the road.

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                                  • #18
                                    Not deathly afraid ~ just CREEP ME OUT !

                                    [quote=arabhorse2;4940763]Hey, we've actually found something to crack Zu Zu's happy-happy-joy-joy facade!

                                    Zu Zu, I hope you live in the frozen tundra if you're that deathly afraid of snakes.

                                    I like my black rat snakes and black racers. Heck, I didn't even mind when a black racer baby got in the house and I used a broom to usher him out the front door.

                                    If I have the black snakes around, I don't have to worry about the venomous copperheads.[/qu
                                    Not deathly afraid of snakes ~ rather they CREEP ME OUT ! And I suffer from an EXTREMELY LOW GAG THRESHOLD ! Almost barf/yark when killing one BUT DO BLACK SNAKES ~ keep copperheads away ???? This if TRUE ? may mean a change in my handling of black snakes... ?????
                                    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                                    • #19
                                      Must be snake post day. If you've got a black snake, you don't have poisonous snakes. Cherish them (and yes, they will strike/bite, but it's an infection issue not poison).

                                      You'll always have snakes, you just don't see them.

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                                        Oh Zu Zu, I don't kill anything unless I have to. Just because snakes give me the willies, thats my problem, not theirs. God put them on this planet too.

                                        Now Jaeger, I can totally understand your desire to kill the poisonous snakes. I remember when you posted about Megan and then the sad outcome.

                                        Anyhow, I truly do not want snakes around period! But, when they are out doing their thing, and not poisonous, then I believe in a live and let live.

                                        But, I have to say, this guy was one of the biggest garter snakes I have seen, and I didn't even get one heart palpatation! Just a hmmmm, aren't you interesting, glad you felt me and moved off the path. Afterall, I knew I was in a snakey part of my property, but still, barelegged...I guess my fear is having a snake wrap around my leg just like a fear I have of a shark or gator pulling me under. Where do these fears come from!!!!
                                        save lives...spay/neuter/geld

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