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Name: Reine
Porter, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Reine
Jun 4, 2016 7:27 PM CST
In Post #1117997 I spoke of how my Sophie enjoys hunting for snakes and harassing them. Well, my Sophers got bit by a copperhead again. I saw it happen. Right front foot.

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I gave her 2 Benadryl tablets immediately.
She probably didn't need to go to the ER, but she became lethargic very quickly. Crying and I panicked. An antibiotic injection (and capsules) and pain medication (injection and pills) and she is going to be fine to hunt another day. Sad

But now, with all this rain, she is supervised on all trips outdoors. The pond is taking over the yard. Grumbling

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We certainly don't want her tangling with any water moccasins. Sighing!

Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 4, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Oh, no! Poor Sophie!!
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Name: Jolana
Seguin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Jun 4, 2016 8:01 PM CST
Oh, poor baby, Group hug Group hug
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 4, 2016 10:42 PM CST

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That's awful. Poor pup, trying to protect her family.....
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GrammaChar
Jun 4, 2016 10:58 PM CST
Hope she mends quickly.
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Jun 5, 2016 10:37 AM CST
Healing wags and puppy dog kisses for Sophie from my kids and Group hug Group hug from me.
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Name: Angie
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Hemophobic
Jun 5, 2016 3:36 PM CST
What Ginger said, along with puppy hugs!
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Name: Reine
Porter, Texas (Zone 9a)
On the 3rd day God created plants.
Cactus and Succulents Adeniums Spiders! Houseplants Bee Lover Critters Allowed
Frogs and Toads Enjoys or suffers hot summers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Seed Starter Region: Texas Dog Lover
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Reine
Jun 6, 2016 10:11 PM CST
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! For all of the kind wishes and words for my Sophie. She is doing fine, back to her precious usual self. Lovey dubby I still have the dog door closed, she is still under supervision outside. Maybe when the yard dries up Sighing! and I can get to every corner for a good cleaning, she and her sisters can go out on their own again. But living next to a pond and the woods close also, snakes will continue to come near. Sighing!
Thank you again to all of you. Group hug
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Jun 7, 2016 5:57 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Jolana
Seguin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Jun 29, 2016 9:50 PM CST
I picked up some boxed up plants from my son's house. One of his doggies keeps teeing on them, so I am supposed to nurse them back to health

This is what I saw when I got home. The shedding is cool but is the snake in my car???? Confused Blinking
Probably not, but I will wonder every time I am in there Grumbling
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 29, 2016 11:03 PM CST

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@froggarder It's late, but I'm having trouble picturing his dog playing golf and teeing off on the plants. And what did you see in the car? Whistling
Name: Jolana
Seguin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Jun 30, 2016 6:36 AM CST
They are very tall Weimaraners and actually very talented but only at chasing golf balls
We can't even play croquet anymore and I love that game
Anyway, I'm hoping the snake that left the skin is not in the car Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jun 30, 2016 6:49 AM CST

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A few years ago, a woman was driving to work here in Austin and noticed a thumping noise in her dashboard heater vent. While she was still driving, a huge king snake was trying to come through the vent. (I'd never drive again!).
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jun 30, 2016 7:01 AM CST
Our current snake problem is the barn rat snake who is helping him/herself to eggs. Apparently they are easier to catch than rats. The hens and I are outraged.
Porkpal
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jun 30, 2016 7:06 AM CST
porkpal said:Our current snake problem is the barn rat snake who is helping him/herself to eggs. Apparently they are easier to catch than rats. The hens and I are outraged.


Leave him. He'll do a lot more good than harm. A few eggs aren't a bad trade off. I had the same thing when I had chickens and eliminated the snake. Then I realized I no longer had house sparrows or any mice in the barn. The sparrows never made it back out into the country, but mice made themselves at home. Unfortunately the snakes that followed the mice into the barn were copperheads. I wished for a long time I'd left that snake alone. Lesson learned.
Donald
Name: Jolana
Seguin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Jun 30, 2016 7:17 AM CST
OMG, I'm usually not afraid of snakes but a snake trying to come through the vent.......
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jun 30, 2016 7:26 AM CST
I had a rat snake decide to live in my pickup motor for a while. It stayed above the fender well. Rode to town and back more than once. I didn't really like to raise the hood because I wasn't sure where it might be Smiling . There was one fellow who wouldn't get within 40' of the vehicle Big Grin . Eventually it moved out, but for about a month it was a dependable squatter.
Donald
Name: Jolana
Seguin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Jun 30, 2016 10:44 AM CST
HAHAHAHA, creepy! How did you know it left?
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jun 30, 2016 10:51 AM CST
Well, I kept checking on it. I didn't really like raising the hood, but I did. Sometimes I could spot the tail hanging down. Then I knew it was there. I found it interesting that it would do what it was doing. At the time, I was keeping the pickup in the garage and it would occasionally come out and hide behind something. When the temperatures got really hot outside, it disappeared. I'd have thought the engine heat would have done that, but it was coming and going until the weather outside was staying in the 90s and triple digits. Rat snakes and racers seem to be able to withstand the direct heat better than the pit vipers.
Donald
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jun 30, 2016 11:12 AM CST
Oh the rat snake has no worries. He is welcome to stay. I just need to remember to look into the nest boxes before reaching in. That cold, smooth snake feel is not anything I can get used to. Rats are a far bigger problem. We have had to have one of the farm trucks worked on several times, as it is not used daily, and rats take up residence in various parts - most recently the air conditioning system.
Porkpal

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