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On my yearly fishing trip earlier this week with a buddy, we rolled into the house we rent about 9pm one night. He goes in the house (had been there a couple nights already) as I was grabbing a few things from the truck. I hear him say “holy crap!”  I didn’t think much of it..... followed by “HOLY CRAP!”........ I went inside to find a 5’ snake in the kitchen of this house. We were in eastern TN and there are more opportunities for poisonous snakes there than in Southern Illinois so we figured just to be safe we needed to treat it like something dangerous.  We knew we couldn’t just shoot it since it wasn’t our house. About that time, it decided to try and go under the washing machine. I grabbed it’s tail knowing that I wasn’t going to sleep in the house with that snake loose. Then, the fight was on.........  We both pulled and eventually he came out a little angry. He struck at a distance and I dropped him. He retreated behind a storage tote in the laundry area.  After that, things got a little bit western. I slept just fine that night.  Snakes have their place, but it’s not in a house (in my opinion)

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3 hours ago, yellowrosefarm said:

Since I know how much you guys love snakes, I thought we should have a snake thread. Here is one my Collies found in the woodshed. Well, only the skin, but they disliked that as much as the real thing.

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I would be burning the woodshed

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My wife was filling her garden cart with mulch from a big pile and came across a Milk snake. Scared the living you know what out of her! She thought it was a copperhead, but after looking at pictures she identified it as a milk snake. Milk snakes are non venomous and will eat other snakes.

 

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My wife “hooked” a snake while fishing last weekend. Didn’t have a clue what kind it was, I saw her flinging the rod up and swinging it, trying to keep the neighbors dog from getting it. The dog finally got ahold of the snake and shredded it. My wife had snake guts in her hair and on her clothes by the time the dog was finished with it. The dog broke the line and ran away with the snake. Every time we would try to get close to see what kind it was, the dog would grab it and shake the he!! out of it. She finally called the neighbor to come over and get her dog. The dog had no bites on her and we don’t think she touched the fish hook either. But the snake turned out to be a black snake. 

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5 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

On my yearly fishing trip earlier this week with a buddy, we rolled into the house we rent about 9pm one night. He goes in the house (had been there a couple nights already) as I was grabbing a few things from the truck. I hear him say “holy crap!”  I didn’t think much of it..... followed by “HOLY CRAP!”........ I went inside to find a 5’ snake in the kitchen of this house. We were in eastern TN and there are more opportunities for poisonous snakes there than in Southern Illinois so we figured just to be safe we needed to treat it like something dangerous.  We knew we couldn’t just shoot it since it wasn’t our house. About that time, it decided to try and go under the washing machine. I grabbed it’s tail knowing that I wasn’t going to sleep in the house with that snake loose. Then, the fight was on.........  We both pulled and eventually he came out a little angry. He struck at a distance and I dropped him. He retreated behind a storage tote in the laundry area.  After that, things got a little bit western. I slept just fine that night.  Snakes have their place, but it’s not in a house (in my opinion)

I would have gone home, dollars be damned.

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I didn’t get in trouble for laughing, I was headed out of the driveway, when it happened. I left before she called the neighbor, because of the dog. She wouldn’t let us near the snake, so I figured nothing else to do here and left

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3 hours ago, TomH said:

My wife was filling her garden cart with mulch from a big pile and came across a Milk snake. Scared the living you know what out of her! She thought it was a copperhead, but after looking at pictures she identified it as a milk snake. Milk snakes are non venomous and will eat other snakes.

 

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Do you need some copperheads? I can  send you a summer's supply of them.

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That's one of the many reasons I love living where I do, very few snakes. The biggest ones we have are the eastern fox or pine snake as they are commonly called. We also have a few puff aders but those are seldomly seen. Other than that it's the common grass snakes and copper bellies

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Me=no snake=good snake

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Found this 4 ft long Sonoran gopher snake crawling around our front yard this morning. He's helping out with the ground squirrel population control.

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  Don't love them but they are a fact of life pretty much any place in the US.  Might as well get in on an intelligent discussion about them.  Poisonous snakes are very scarce around here and that is the way I prefer it.  What I love less than snakes are the dingalings who use them to make a statement about their manhood.  The Everglades ecosystem is most likely permanently fouled up due to people releasing pythons into the swamp and wiping out other animals.  Starting to hear more about that around here but they can't winter without coming into a heated structure.  Constrictor snakes for the most part are not monsters because the native food supply where they originate is minimal for them to grow to a ridiculous size.  I read quite a number of years ago that around 100 cobras are kept in cages around the Rochester, NY area with "clubs" that gather to show them.  Another snake that has no business outside of its native areas.  As said in the other recent snake thread timber rattlers  can be readily found around the region where I live but in locations that see virtually no human activity over the course of the year.  Don't need any snake for a pet as I have always had an excellent rapport with cats and dogs.  They just seem to love me in a good way.  

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Well, I guess I should quit complaining about the cold weather in January, it's not so bad after all.

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2 hours ago, arizonian said:

Found this 4 ft long Sonoran gopher snake crawling around our front yard this morning. He's helping out with the ground squirrel population control.

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Wow, what a rattlesnake imitator!  Even better than the fake copperhead a few posts up.  At least with a black snake around here, you know what it is right off.

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Found him at my inlaws, i let him carry on, havent bothed to mention it to them ? they will figure it out sooner or later. 

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Seen a pretty good size brown snake crawling out from the bridge abutment at our second creek crossing here the other day, I had the zero turn mower deck opening facing him but he went the other way and down over the side...............I don't mind snakes as long as they are no where near me.  Seems to be more this year?  

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We have a over abundance of cats so no mice or gopher to speck of. But still had a rattle snake less than 100 feet from the back door 2 weeks ago. They are always around need to keep your eyes open. It is imprinted in my brain I can tell a rattler from a gopher instantly, King snake (or from picture what is a milk snake to some of you) is the only other kind I have every seen out and abought here.

I have no desirer to touch any of them, but rattle snakes are the only ones I kill.

 

Adjusting the water to air leave in my booster pump tank and all at once had King snake in my way. The distractions made forget one valve for a moment. Then he left again.

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Only good snake is the one at the end of the barrel of a 12 gauge.......

Hate the evil devil serpents........and they are all cobras to me!!!!!

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12 hours ago, Alan Dinan said:

My wife “hooked” a snake while fishing last weekend. Didn’t have a clue what kind it was, I saw her flinging the rod up and swinging it, trying to keep the neighbors dog from getting it. The dog finally got ahold of the snake and shredded it. My wife had snake guts in her hair and on her clothes by the time the dog was finished with it. The dog broke the line and ran away with the snake. Every time we would try to get close to see what kind it was, the dog would grab it and shake the he!! out of it. She finally called the neighbor to come over and get her dog. The dog had no bites on her and we don’t think she touched the fish hook either. But the snake turned out to be a black snake. 

Oh how badly I wish I would have been there. Which neighbors dog made it over? Gonna have to go rehome it. My kind of dog!! 

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