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  • #21
    OK, I want to move south, but I definitely want to stay north of Florida! Someplace that has at least a few weeks of a good freeze. No big snakes, no large reptiles!

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    • #22
      2Jakes, your post is a terrific plug for emigration to Ireland!

      But I understand. We boarded at a barn that had big black pipe fencing. We're coming off a hack, coming back to the barn and paddocks, when suddenly Ted Will. Not. Go. Any. Further. I can't figure it out. It's calm, quiet, peaceful...no issues on the hack...I cajole and finally he agrees to inch forward very cautiously, then, about 8 feet later, he completely relaxes.

      When we got back to the barn, one of the workers asked if I'd seen the big black snake. Where I come from (Lawn Guyland) there are no big black snakes, but I'm sure I would have recognized one if I'd seen one.

      Uh, no. Apparently this 5 foot snake, about 2 inches in diameter, crawled into a piece of the piping that had broken and was open, then got stuck, and died. Apparently, rigor mortis had set in. But because the snake was the same color and diameter as the piping, it just looked like fence to me.

      Obviously Ted knew better. Even though it was dead.
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      • #23
        That's a darn big snake!!!

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        • #24
          So while snakes totally oog me out, that is one beautiful snake! The markings are just gorgeous.

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          • #25
            Sweet buttery Jesus! You should have heard the noise I made-- and that was just looking at the little pictures! I hadn't even clicked on them yet!

            I'm cool with snakes. Little ones. But when they get big enough to consume me? Oh, helllllllllllllllll no.


            I was riding in a field one day with tall grass, happened to look down and saw a black snake slithering right between my horse's front and back legs. It wasn't big, and it probably was just a rat snake or something else harmless, but I didn't know that at the time. I'm sure the poor little snake was like, "Oh, sh!t, it's Godzilla!!!" I made the same noise I just made IIRC. Horsey never had a clue it was there. Maybe that's why I always look down when I ride?

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            • #26
              Dave Barry, the writer, said that if you leave a TOASTER out overnight in Florida it'd grow legs and start eating smaller appliances.

              Virginia snake story: I was letting my cat out and noticed several other cats sitting ina semicircle outside the porch steps. "How cute," I thought. "they're waiting for my cat to come out." I leaned down to prop open the door so my cat could come back in, and felt something on my head. Unthinking, I brushed it off. it was a big, honking snake!!! The cats weren't waiting for mine, they were watching a snake, who saw my head as a convenient vehicle for escape. And the sucker BIT me!!! I was freaked enough that I wouldn't use that door, climbing out the window instead.

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              • #27
                Oh my! I am not a fan of coming across snakes on the trail as Trickster has decided if he finds a snake on the trail HE MUST STOMP IT! I can't see to get him to understand that the snakes here are venomous and that is bad for horses....
                “Four things greater than all things are, - Women and Horses and Power and War”

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                • #28
                  *THIS* is why I live in New England.

                  The scariest snakes we have are garters. Even those are complete and utter grossness.

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                  • #29
                    Ok, you know what's really wrong? That snake has a better topline than my horse. Look at the crease down her back in that 3rd picture! That chick has some muscles. She does have pretty markings, but if I were walking down the street and saw that thing on one side and an alligator on the other, I'd veer toward the alligator.

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                    • #30
                      You horse people in Florida have a few more challenges than all of us do.

                      Great, first the love bugs moved up here from Florida, then the armadillos aka possums on the half shell, will these sssssssssnakes be next?
                      (we already have our own gators and what we thought were big snakes.)

                      Oh yes, I forgot the Florida pumas, those moved up here too already.

                      What does that sssssssssssnake eat? Big dogs or small horses?

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                      • #31
                        Serious question: please clarify... are these pets that were released? or are these wild born snakes?

                        and now I don my firesuit... but did anyone else thing that snake would have made a REALLLLyy Purty pair of boots?



                        lmao. j/k SOrry I Hhhhhhate snakes after my recent wars over my chicken eggs with every rat snake in horry county.
                        If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.

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                        • #32
                          Originally posted by OverandOnward View Post
                          The season? Okay, this is an education, I've never really been to Florida. Somehow I thought there were maybe 2 big scary snakes loose in Florida.

                          Those can't survive here, no need to ride outside with eyes glued to the ground. Should I ever ride in Florida I will try to be on a horse that does spook and run from slithering creatures on the ground. goooood boy!!
                          Wolf Blitzer had a story on his show about the big pythons (after the little girl was kille)...here at the points from that story

                          1. There are estimated to be at least 30,000 Pythons now living in the Everglades (thanks to idiots who get them and then dump them in the wild)

                          2. They are the top of the food chain, they have no natural enemies (even showed one who had swallowed an ALLIGATOR)..another one had swallowed an entire adult deer

                          3. They are migrating out of the Everglades...they can travel up to a mile a day on land or water


                          As for this Boa...she is gorgeous!!! Those eyes look like alien eyes. I'm glad she isn't going to be killed. I'm assuming the boas aren't as aggressive as the pythons??? Yep, I too, could never live in Florida...I'd worry about my pets too much.

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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by AiryFairy View Post
                            I love New England I love New England I love New England I love New England..................
                            And I LOVE NY, I love NY, I love NY!!!!

                            I'd like to see those that are slaughtering the horses in FL eaten by one of those 'logs'!!
                            Sue

                            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.

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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by AppendixQHLover View Post
                              What do they do with these snakes once they are caught?
                              Belts? Boots? Purses?
                              I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

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                              • #35
                                She is very lovely from diagonally across the country . We had a boa as a class room pet in the 4th grade, he was very easy for us kids to handle but I remember a nervous parent trying to hold him and he ended up wrapping himself around her hands and wrists! However, little 4th graders peeled him off just fine.

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                                • #36
                                  I'll admit it, I think that she is beautiful!
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                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by dalpal View Post
                                    1. There are estimated to be at least 30,000 Pythons now living in the Everglades (thanks to idiots who get them and then dump them in the wild)

                                    2. They are the top of the food chain, they have no natural enemies (even showed one who had swallowed an ALLIGATOR)..another one had swallowed an entire adult deer

                                    3. They are migrating out of the Everglades...they can travel up to a mile a day on land or water.
                                    My father used to work in the Everglades, and the large exotic snake population there was really problematic for them. He still works for the National Park Sevice, but he transferred up to Glacier Bay, so now he gets bears in his backyard instead.

                                    I actually like snakes, and I think that boa is beautiful, but I wouldn't want to stumble across it out trail riding. If my Paint stock gelding was still with us he'd probably be fine, but the $500 mare would probably have something unpleasant to say about it

                                    And I agree, they shouldn't be released in the park, or purchased as pets by people who have no clue what to do with them when they get huge.

                                    Here in WI, we don't have a whole lot of snakes to worry about. Only maybe 2 species of rattlers in some areas, and most of what I've seen has been just Garter snakes. Wildlife's pretty tame.

                                    I think the scariest animal I've run across on the trail (besides rude humans ) was actually someone's pet male peacock, in full display. Wasn't being agresive at all, but I certainly wasn't expecting to come around the corner out of the woods to have that in the middle of the trail, so it startled me something fierce. Ironically, the (usually incredibly spooky) Arab I was on didn't even bat an eye
                                    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                                    -Edward Hoagland

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                                    • #38
                                      Originally posted by nightsong View Post
                                      Dave Barry, the writer, said that if you leave a TOASTER out overnight in Florida it'd grow legs and start eating smaller appliances.

                                      Virginia snake story: I was letting my cat out and noticed several other cats sitting ina semicircle outside the porch steps. "How cute," I thought. "they're waiting for my cat to come out." I leaned down to prop open the door so my cat could come back in, and felt something on my head. Unthinking, I brushed it off. it was a big, honking snake!!! The cats weren't waiting for mine, they were watching a snake, who saw my head as a convenient vehicle for escape. And the sucker BIT me!!! I was freaked enough that I wouldn't use that door, climbing out the window instead.
                                      LOL.
                                      Was this in Vista View Park?

                                      I would not blame any horse for freaking out at the sight of that!!
                                      Love my "Slow-T T B"
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                                      • #39
                                        2 Jakes, is that you holding the snake? If so, you get Woman of The Year, hands down.

                                        Even though my first reaction is yikes, you have to admire such an strong, beautiful creature. If it was a spider, on the other hand, I'd be doing a 'it's on me!' dance right now.

                                        I hope the snake was moved to a safe place.

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                                        • #40
                                          I think that snake is gorgeous (from the safety of my snakeless house)! Pretty sure I would pee my pants, as would my horse, if we were to come across one on the trail, though.

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