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forcedreno2012 07-28-2013 07:04 PM

Snake in the living room....I kid you not
 
Where is Samuel L Jackson when you need him.

Lounging on the airbed surfing the net and our blue tick coon hound beagle cross goes absolutely ballistic. Look over into the corner and there is a freaking black snake like 3 feet from me.. Thing was only 2 feet long but acting like a 10 foot rattler. Had his tail going and everything but definitely a black rat snake with the white chinny chin chin. Get the dogs outside (No small feat with 4 of them and one of them convinced she is the Steve Irwin of Mississippi) and we corral him in a trash can and get him outside. Aggressive little bugger though.

Sitting here trying to figure out how he got in the house or if he has been here since the hurricane. There is no way into the living room without coming in through another room. The door seal from the front door is tight. The only thing I can think of is that he came in through the garage and through the kitchen and then in here. That or he has been inside the whole time but I would think that would be hard to believe being as it has been 10 months since the hurricane.

Please tell me this is not a common occurrence and that they do not like living inside.

Don't half have the willies now. :eek:

Robyn

Thurman 07-28-2013 07:41 PM

Gee, what an experience and NO I cannot tell you that they enjoy living inside. I have two (2) black snakes a/k/a/ King snakes around here that live in my back yard. I seldom see them and when I do they are up into a Wisteria bush for some reason. I'm sure you were scared by this intruder but--this is a true story: Some years ago one of my co-workers came into work acting as if he was upset about something. I politely asked Jeff if there were anything wrong and could I help if there was. He told me that he and his wife had been asleep for some time last night when he felt something moving around his feet. He thought it might be their cat as the cat sleeps on the bed most nights with them. He sort of "kicked" at the cat to make it get off of his feet but the movement was still there. Jeff turned on a lamp, raised up and did not see the cat. But--he then felt the movement again and determined that it was under the cover so he threw the cover back and was prepared to get the cat and put it into another room. NOPE, not a cat, a rat snake about three (3) feet long was in the bed with Jeff and wife. Now this part I believe: Jeff woke his wife by calling out her name from the other side of the room while the snake was still in the bed. When she awoke Jeff was pointing at the snake and stating out loud "snake in the bed". You'd have to know Gloria to understand this: She saw the snake, did not cry out, grabbed the snake and hurled it toward Jeff. That was why he was so upset, the fact that his wife "threw" the snake at him. Gloria stated later that it was an impulse thing, handling a snake is not something she would consciously do.

forcedreno2012 07-28-2013 08:09 PM

LMAO Thurman....I would have to admit to probably doing the same if that happened to me. Except it would probably be followed by the nearest blunt object I could find lol.

Robyn

wkearney99 07-28-2013 08:55 PM

Had one in an old house some years ago. Freaked me the hell out. Turned out it was crawling up through the gaps around the baseboard heat water pipes. Cat I had at the time was never fully comfortable in that room ever again after that, always bottle-brushed up her fur when investigating the baseboards.

Caught it when it slithered back down into the crawl space. That was an adventure in crazy, with a garden rake... Stretched it's dispatched remains across the road out front. Took a fair bit of satisfaction hearing the thump-thump as cars passed over it for a few days afterward.

Discovered the joys and hassles of Great Stuff foam after that...

Davejss 07-29-2013 08:05 AM

When snakes are outside I leave them alone. When they're in my house they get the S&W model 17 with a CCI shot shell.

TrailerParadise 07-29-2013 09:06 AM

i killed a copperhead in my yard a couple weeks ago, i wouldve left it alone and let it be on its way but it caught my mom's scent or heat or something and it turned and headed straight for her, no way i could ignore it. I had to get a broken piece of 1/2 cinder block and chop its head off with the broken part. then once it stopped moving i threw the block on top of the body and stomped it into the clay. A few days later i moved the block and it was nothing but a long, tiny skeleton-type thing, but very flexible. Quoting someone who posted on my remodeling thread, "its hard to kill them things dead enough"

operagost 08-01-2013 01:22 PM

My wife and I both love animals, and we basically try to leave snakes alone. But when we've gotten them in the basement (always garter snakes), they had better hope I find them first because I scoop them out the window while she chops them to death with a snow shovel. Disturbing.

TheBobmanNH 08-01-2013 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by operagost (Post 1223754)
My wife and I both love animals, and we basically try to leave snakes alone. But when we've gotten them in the basement (always garter snakes), they had better hope I find them first because I scoop them out the window while she chops them to death with a snow shovel. Disturbing.

I think if my girlfriend ever found a snake in our house she would need to be committed. She can't even look at them on TV.

wkearney99 08-01-2013 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by TrailerParadise (Post 1222458)
i killed a copperhead in my yard a couple weeks ago, i wouldve left it alone and let it be on its way but it caught my mom's scent or heat or something and it turned and headed straight for her, no way i could ignore it. I had to get a broken piece of 1/2 cinder block and chop its head off with the broken part. then once it stopped moving i threw the block on top of the body and stomped it into the clay. A few days later i moved the block and it was nothing but a long, tiny skeleton-type thing, but very flexible. Quoting someone who posted on my remodeling thread, "its hard to kill them things dead enough"

Went through that with a copperhead, while tripping on Prednisone. Was gardening (1st mistake) and tried to yank out a big vine that had infested the juniper bushes (2nd mistake). Noted to my horror the 'leaves of three' on that vine while I had to wrapped around my hips in order to get a good pull on it. I am VERY allergic to poison ivy. Like, blow up like a blimp bad. Off to the ER to get the prednisone. Came back home, trippin' balls from the side-effects (GF was driving). I was about to unload the groceries from the trunk. I noticed a copperhead right at my feet. All the GF noticed was me stomping around the ground behind the car like a madman. Pounded that sucker to barely recognizable pulp. Just enough prove that I wasn't hallucinating the snake.

So, yeah, kill it... DEAD.

TheBobmanNH 08-01-2013 03:30 PM

Wow, I wish prednisone made me "trippy." About the only side effect I've ever gottne from it is anger. And liver damage.

wkearney99 08-01-2013 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by TheBobmanNH (Post 1223812)
Wow, I wish prednisone made me "trippy." About the only side effect I've ever gottne from it is anger. And liver damage.

They give me this mega-dose pack, something like 5,4,3,2 and then one final pill. Only had to do it twice and given the agony of poison ivy I'll pass on using it for anything 'recreational'.

Duckweather 08-01-2013 04:16 PM

Didn't anyone see the old movie What's Up Doc? one of the characters told someone, to go hide in the bathroom. Snakes won't go in there because they live in mortal fear of tile." A guy I was in the Army with from Wyoming said to shoot snakes use a pistol. point it at the snake and move it back and forth slowly and the snake's head will follow it. When you stop the snake will look right up into the hole. Then squeeze the trigger. He said it worked on rattlesnakes. Another one I heard was a guy was flying a Piper Cherokee and a snake crawled out from the instrument panel. He knew it wasn't poisonous so he used something to keep it on the floor on the other side and landed as soon as he could. I believe 2 out of the 3 are true. Snakes do migrate from a cooler spot to a warmer one. I think they can only tell there is a difference, not how cold or hot it is.

creeper 08-01-2013 05:13 PM

I was going to post the video of the giant Burmese Python that can open doors, but I fear Robyn has lost enough sleep. This one of a surprise snake passenger on a motorcycle will suffice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMgUsVuAAjU

forcedreno2012 08-01-2013 09:13 PM

Creeper....thanks for holding off on the other video. Motor cycle dude handled it a lot better than I would have. They probably would have found me and the bike imbedded in the back of a mac truck.

Some crazy stories here. I am usually okay with wildlife. My biggest issue is I am still learning what is good and what is bad over here. Moved around a lot with the military and just get used to one area and we moved to another. It's pretty easy in Australia, the snakes are pretty much ALL bad lol. Lizards over there are cool...snakes not so much.

Getting over the willies although I cant tell you how many times I have looked at the tv cord the last couple of days and did the ole double take.

Robyn

creeper 08-01-2013 09:22 PM

I'm grateful that snakes don't like snow..

I expect you'll be dragging that trauma around for a while...just keep trusty beagle close..he did his job.


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