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Name: Sandi
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Apr 18, 2010 4:14 PM CST

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Eeeewwwwwww! Now I'm going to have nightmares!
Name: Jujube
San Marcos, TX
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texoticfruits
Apr 18, 2010 10:05 PM CST
I was wearing 2 foot rubber boots so I would have been good. I am going to start wearing my cowboy boots for sure from now on.
Name: Angie
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Hemophobic
Apr 2, 2016 2:08 PM CST
Just killed 2 copperheads today in my garden area near the brick foundation of my
garage. This is a small area I had filled in last spring so I could have a veggie garden
there, and I did. Earlier this week I had taken my little Mantis tiller in there to till in
preparation for planting. I didn't want to get too close to the foundation with the tiller,
though, because it dances when it strikes a rock or other hard surface. I was not in the
mood to dance, so there was a strip of dirt along the wall that I took my shovel to today
to pull away and work back into the soil. I was about one-third of the way along the wall
(and standing in the dirt with just little moccasins on my feet ) when out slithered the first little
bugger, scaring me to death. SCREAM!!!! A man came running over and after I had finally
rendered the snake unconscious or at least inert, he scooped it and took it out to the street
where he severed the head. So back to pulling away dirt I go, but now standing on the
wall separating my yard from the neighbor. A little farther down the line and SCREAM!!!!
out comes another one. This one simply wouldn't cooperate, so finally the man got it
on the shovel and took it to the street to join its brother. Just how many more are living
in my garden????? Gotta get some strong boots before I get back in there to till again.

Here's my garden from last year:
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I'm not in Texas, but I hate snakes!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 2, 2016 7:46 PM CST
I was all intent on rubbing oyet more mortar off a single stone when the "stick" in the sunny part of the patio moved! A young ribbon snake was sunning! How ruuuuuude! We had a stare down. He didn't move and neither did I. Even when in dared touch it with my clogged foot, it didn't want to leave the warmth of the sun. ... until i made him go away.

Sometime later, while heading down the walkway to the greenhouse, I saw him AGAIN! I knew it was the same snake because only one snake is allowed in the yard at a time. This time he stuck out his forked red tongue at me! He didn't move. Instead, he posed for this photo!
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I told him to move along, earn his keep and to go eat some cockroaches!

While planting a banana tree, i moved the mulch to make way for the tree and found a small baby garter snake snuggled in all warm and cozy. I sent it along its way. DH commented how I've become "one with Nature" that it wasn't too long ago that in would have chopped any snake that crossed my path in half! I'm getting soft in my old age!

Hmmmmm. Looking at the photo of the snake, i do believe a second snake has snuck into my yard! ! Blinking
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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Apr 3, 2016 8:00 AM CST
Cheryl: I'll trade!!!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 3, 2016 9:17 AM CST
Copperheads are mean! Even the baby ones will rear is head, open its mouth to fight instead of run away. That is my first identifying characteristic. Once positively ID'd, I still DO chop those in half, or there abouts. Once, I cut one in half. I took the 4" head-end out to the forest with a looooooong handled shovel to feed the birds. Green Grin! It still had its mouth wiiiide open staring at me the whole time, ready to strike me! Copperheads fear me! Or they should. They are not allowed in my yard either!
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
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Name: Angie
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Hemophobic
Apr 3, 2016 11:10 AM CST
Yes, they are one mean p**sed off little snake! Gotta find me a king snake
to put in there.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Apr 16, 2016 7:22 AM CST

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I've spent an hour or more reading this thread! Those were some crazy snake tales! I spent yesterday tromping through the Aspidistra that borders our fence out back. I had canvas garden shoes on, and it crossed my mind that I might step on a snake. I'll be back out there this morning, but I'll be sure to have garden boots on this time,
Name: Donald
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needrain
Apr 16, 2016 8:06 AM CST
Been a snaky week for me. First the rattlesnake and yesterday two copperheads. Comes with living by a river bottom and having oak leaves still piled up. Copperheads especially love those places with accumulated leaves. Happens every year. I just try to watch as best I can, but I can't chew gum and type at the same time so when I'm doing another task......
Donald
Name: Jolana
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Apr 16, 2016 9:12 AM CST
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 16, 2016 9:48 AM CST

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Now you tell me. I've been picking up piles of oak leaves for two weeks.
Name: Reine
Porter, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Reine
Apr 16, 2016 12:15 PM CST
My Sophers Lovey dubby hunts for snakes. She's been bit twice, but that doesn't stop her. If anything, she's more determined than ever to catch them. Rolling on the floor laughing
Between the pond and tall grass and weeds, it's snake haven in Sopher's world Sighing! . Finally got another lawn mower, but there are still snakes and she finds them.
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I can always tell when she has found a snake by her frenzied barking Hilarious! When the snake rears up to strike, my Soph lunges in to grab it. If she grabs the snake, she slings it back and forth, then drops it so she can grab it again. I do try to stop her, she won't stop when I call her and I have to be careful going in close enough to get hold of her, because she usually has a water moccasin. I pray she never brings one in through the doggy door.

This is my Rylie girl. She's a princess. Lovey dubby


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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Apr 17, 2016 10:29 AM CST
Got a pair of snake boots at Bass Pro Shop so I can now plant my garden. Next-door neighbor said he'd kill any snake he sees, even
a king snake, so I'm not putting money on a snake for him to kill. The boots cost $100 on sale, but worth every penny so I can feel
safe working in my garden. I hate snakes!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Apr 27, 2016 10:17 AM CST
Garden's planted, no sign of any snakes, so maybe I disturbed a nest still in torpor. Who knows? I don't
even care! No snakes, no snakes!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Ginger
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gingin
Jun 4, 2016 2:56 PM CST
Just found this thread....being in Florida, I don't visit Texas often Whistling The "good guys" are welcome in my yard, not so much the "bad guys". All oak snakes are Mz. Annie, the black snakes are Blackie and the puff adders (hognose) are Mr. Hiss-a-Lot....the "bad guys" are History. Still have a coral snake in a jar of alcohol that had the unmittigated gaul to enter my screen room....it became one with a full spare propane tank....was not about to dispatch it with the .22 that close to the tank Blinking Few years back a panel of screen needed to be replaced. Mr. Hiss-a-Lot thought he'd drop by to say howdy do. Got the camera out for a photo shoot. Nice first picture...tried for a second and the LCD screen on the camera fried just like a strip of film Blinking :blinking:pure coincidence I'm sure Shrug! After turning the air blue (camera wasn't that old) Mr. Hiss-a-Lot was relocated to the back 40.
Beer thirty another time and I'm enjoying a cold one on the patio. Watching the birds with the bottle on the table next to me, reach out for a swig and a little voice in my head said, "look at the bottle, not the birds".....so I did. Well I reckon as how Blackie wanted a taste too because he was headed up that bottle. My beer and I headed for the screen room Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Jun 4, 2016 3:44 PM CST
Mz. Annie
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 4, 2016 4:30 PM CST

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That's the first oak snake I've ever seen. You keep 'em there, please. We have those huge rat snakes that I try to peacefully co-exist with.
Name: Jolana
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froggardener
Jun 4, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Mz Annie is pretty
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jun 4, 2016 6:08 PM CST
The snakes here are staying out of sight. Easy to do with all the exuberant growth. But I seem to have a new kind of mosquito. Shaped like a red blimp and can barely fly. I think the wings just aren't strong enough to support its weight. Anyone seeing those?
Donald
Name: Jolana
Seguin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Jun 4, 2016 6:42 PM CST
Yeah, when they are full of blood, Thumbs down
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