|Gray Rat Snake?|
I was very disappointed when I figured out someone was eating her eggs. Of course, I blamed Pepper and had decided to return her to her home in the country if it continued. The snake is in the basement window where it has slid down just a bit on one side.
Two women and exbf were in the backyard when one of the women said, "There's a snake!" Everyone but me moved away. I whipped out my camera that stays in my pocket and took a picture. I was not satisfied, so I stepped closer and held the camera a foot from the snake. They were all screaming for me to get back. I told them I had a blog and readers who depended on my stepping into the face of danger for the sake of a good story.
I yelled for exbf to come look, even though I could see him moving away. Then, I yelled for him to get me the hoe with tiny head and long handle. Of course, I almost broke the window with the first whack and hit the snake a sissy glancing blow with the second attempt. I hurried down the basement steps just in time to see it dangling and dropping behind things.
It's a Grey Rat Snake, according to my thoughts and those of the County Agent. It is not poisonous. It can bite. Snake bites can be dangerous because of the puncture wound nature of the bite. Infection is a problem. If you have a different thought, please share with me.
Now, for story exbf tells unashamedly.~~~~~
He was watching Raiders of the Lost Ark when the hero fell into snake pit. Exbf screams and perches on the back of the theater seat.
When the women left, I asked exbf if he would have screamed like a little girl if he had been closer to the snake. He laughed and assured me he would. No, he has never had a bad episode with a snake, no close encounter.
Uh Oh! He retrieves things from the basement and puts other things down there, turns on the water hose from there and turns it off. I told him the snake did not WANT to bite him, so don't surprise it, just take a stick and tap the floor and sort of use it side to side like a can that a blind person would.
An hour or so later, I heard strange taps, even and muffled. I was baffled until I remembered him and snakes! He had gone to the overgrown part of the yard and gotten a stick that looked about 5 feet long, like a hiking stick. He propped it by the porch, so he is planning on using it forever.
I have told him to never pick up anything without poking the object with a stick...just remember a snake could be sleeping anywhere. So, I suppose he will wear the leather gloves I always offer him and probably the headlight...lol. I don't blame him.
There is a plan in place. Stay tuned. I respect snakes, but I am not afraid. Did you see the snakes round eyes? It is not poisonous. If I heard a rattler, I would rise up and walk, yes, run. You do know I can barely rise from a chair and barely walk?
Yes, it can get into the house from the basement.
Share a good snake story. If you do, I will share my mother's story. It is a doozy. Have you ever been bitten by a poisonous snake? I do NOT want to get into religion, but did you hear about the Tennessee snake handler who died from a rattlesnake bite just like his Daddy? If the goddess had wanted me to handle snakes, she would have made me in the likeness of Medusa. Just kidding, so you don't have to say a prayer for me. Are you afraid of snakes? I am not.