Texas Gardening forum: My scare for the day.

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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 1, 2013 4:07 PM CST

While walking a new nature trail today I almost stepped on this guy. After moving myself to a respectable distance (very quickly) and lowering my heart rate, I was able to enjoy looking at it.

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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Aug 1, 2013 6:42 PM CST
That raises my heart beat just looking at a picture of that mouth!
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 1, 2013 6:48 PM CST
OMG!!!
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Aug 1, 2013 7:17 PM CST

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Wow!
Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Aug 1, 2013 7:41 PM CST
He looks as though he's been eating well.....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Aug 1, 2013 7:53 PM CST
Yikes! Looks like it is yawning..getting sleepy after eating or hungry for more! Blinking Blinking
Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
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Marylyn
Aug 1, 2013 7:58 PM CST
Yikes!!!!!
Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Aug 1, 2013 9:35 PM CST
Just what do you consider to be a "respectable distance"?
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 1, 2013 9:47 PM CST
Well, the snake was probably about two feet long and I move back at least six feet. Which is considerably better than the eight inch that was between us when I first saw it.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 1, 2013 9:48 PM CST

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At my house, a respectable distance would be two blocks away.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 1, 2013 9:58 PM CST
Bubbles said:At my house, a respectable distance would be two blocks away.

That's a lot of respect. Rolling on the floor laughing

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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Aug 1, 2013 10:16 PM CST
Well, we all know who has the right-of-way in situations like that! No signs required (I don't suppose they have snake crossing signs out?).
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Aug 1, 2013 10:20 PM CST
Yeah...6 feet is definitely not enough....but, really..is he supposed to be that fat? Looks more like a slug....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 1, 2013 10:36 PM CST
They can get fairly fat. Here's one I saw early this year. It's not nearly as heavy looking as the first one.

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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Aug 1, 2013 11:04 PM CST
Really, the one pictured looked more like a slug or an eel in shape. I don't think I care for your snakes...lol..

I'm used to my King Snakes and like them...I really don't like those guys you have there.....no, not at all...lol..
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Aug 5, 2013 3:39 PM CST
Yikes, how scary, glad we don't have those here. nodding
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 5, 2013 3:55 PM CST

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Do you have poisonous snakes, Margaret?
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Aug 5, 2013 4:13 PM CST
You were using a LONG lens, yes ???
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Aug 5, 2013 4:26 PM CST
gingin said:You were using a LONG lens, yes ???


Most definitely! Also knee high rubber boots.
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Aug 5, 2013 5:12 PM CST
Sandi, thankfully we have no snakes of any kind here, it's too darn cold!!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing There are snakes, including rattlers at the lower elevations, like around the Kamloops hills and the warmer more arid areas.

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