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Oct. 31st, 2009 @ 08:25 am Snakes in the Trees
Yesterday I was on the phone listening to Rosie Radio on Sirous XM for testing pupoises, pacing back and forth because they wanted to discuss hoarding with me and my thousands of Pez dispensers, Imagine me a hoarder...) and I looked in the Oak out back and saw the biggest Rat Snake I've seen to date lounging on a few branches about 25 feet in the air.

He looked like he just had lunch and spent the day there but is gone this morning, probably relocated to the bottom garage which is ok by me. I always tend to let one live down there in the winter cause the mice like to squeeze under the garage door when it's cold but geez this guy is over five foot long.

I tried to get a clear shot but he blended in so well none of them came out but he was there I swear it!

LOL.

The caregiver can confirm this and was wanting me to dispatch the guy but I said he serves my puposes and leave him be but added that although they aren't poinsonous and look similar to a moccasin from a distance but aren't, being bitten would still hurt and maybe lead to a tetunous shot.

Life is all around.

This is a Moccasin I got a shot of from 12 inches...

12 Inches Away...
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From:keter_magick
Date:November 1st, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
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I like rat snakes. They are good to have around. I had a pair of King snakes that lived in a tree near my house when I was a teenager. They were almost tame. Still, you were nuts to photograph a moccasin from a foot away. ;op
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From:senseless
Date:November 1st, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)

I'm Quick

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And it was a chilly day.

The guy moved slow even when I scooped him up in a bucket.
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From:sofiebgoode
Date:November 1st, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
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i'd be so scared!! how do you make sure he doesn't bite you?
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From:senseless
Date:November 2nd, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)

I was Bit Once

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By a rattle snake.

You learn to be more careful...
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From:sofiebgoode
Date:November 2nd, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)

Re: I was Bit Once

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what happened to you after the rattle snake bit you?
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From:senseless
Date:November 2nd, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)

My Finger Swelled

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It got about as big as a banana turned black and I spent four days in ICU...

They almost cut it off and this was just a Pygmy rattler a foot long.

I don't hold the poisonous snakes with my bare hands anymore, I use tongs.

This is a Coral Snake. Real colorful but it's about the deadliest of all in North America.

I let it loose on my farm.

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From:sofiebgoode
Date:November 2nd, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)

Re: My Finger Swelled

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you must be crazy :)
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From:senseless
Date:November 2nd, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)

For the Record

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I've done this all my life since I was like 5, long before I hit my head!
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From:sofiebgoode
Date:November 2nd, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)

Re: For the Record

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that is good to know :)
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From:senseless
Date:November 3rd, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)

PS

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A month later the snake died...

I had it in a jar on my desk and had been feeding it tiny frogs.

The wife said I clearly was more toxic.
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From:sofiebgoode
Date:November 3rd, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)

Re: PS

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i could never do that, keep a snake in my house... you're clearly quite fearless :)
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Date:November 5th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)

Re: PS

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He is not fearless, just senseless ;-)