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Sniper
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   Posted 10/12/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
 This weekend I was working on my boat and needed some tools from the shop. I sweat a lot when working and take my glasses off or I cant see. On the way up the yard I came close to stepping on what I call, Old Mister No Neck. I saw the quick movement , though blurry , and I am proud to say I made a leap into the air that would make a high hurdler proud. Old sneeky snake brought his fangs to bare on thin air and by the time he looked around for what had stepped near him I was on my way back from the  tool shed with my favorite snake dispatching tool,,the machete. I made him much shorter and then fed him to the crabs in the bayou. I hate to think what would have happened if he were faster. Wonder if the low immune system would have made it worse. Bet i will wear my glasses in the yard until we get some cold weather.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


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   Posted 10/12/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Sniper,

You need some snake venom, a big old hunting knife and the nerve to slice yourself to suck the venom out...........LOL.  Glad it was you and not me.  I would have run all the way to the Mexican border.

Hope you were wearing tall boots.

Kitt


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 10/12/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Yikes, Snipe!!! My heart wouldda lept right outta my throat!!
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.


Sniper
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   Posted 10/12/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Us manly men dont run for the border or have to catch a leapin heart,,,we just crap our pants. Lucky for me I didn't need to go at the time.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


lamb61
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   Posted 10/13/2009 3:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh you are the brave one! I had an encounter with a small black snake in the spring around my fish pond. Have to admit I ran up on the deck screaming for my son to come out and dispose of it. I'm pretty sure I was the laughing stock of the neighborhood for a few days. BTW -- our favorite anti snake tool is the shovel.
 


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 10/13/2009 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't like spiders and snakes...man I just got that song out of my head and you put it back.

Can you come protect me? I once sprinted across the back lawn because I saw a garter snake (hey you never know what will come from the back fields). My husband went out and removed the offender by hand...no not brave-he's just not afraid of sticks that fall from trees. Well...it really did look like snake honest!
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lilcrohnieUK
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   Posted 10/13/2009 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL! you guys sure do crack me up! luckily being in England the only snakes I've ever seen are in petshops or zoos, I'd be mighty shocked if one came slithering up my city street though!
 
 


Sniper
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   Posted 10/13/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Stkitt ,,that cut the area and suck the poison out would not work for me as I could not bend my old body enough to reach the bite. Reminds me of the two guys hunting together when one sat down and was bit on the butt by a snake. His friend called 911 and the doc told him to do the cut and suck out the poison thing. When his bitten friend asked what the doc said, he told him ,,,,,,the doc said your going to die.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Sniper
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   Posted 10/13/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Stkitt ,,that cut the area and suck the poison out would not work for me as I could not bend my old body enough to reach the bite. Reminds me of the two guys hunting together when one sat down and was bit on the butt by a snake. His friend called 911 and the doc told him to do the cut and suck out the poison thing. When his bitten friend asked what the doc said, he told him ,,,,,,the doc said your going to die.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


MikeB
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   Posted 10/13/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Well my pet snakes are most offended by this wanton act of snake-icide. They reside in tanks next to my computer, and happily consumed rats this very weekend, but you have now upset their digestion. I may box them up and send them to Louisiana to seek revenge . . .

Zanne
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   Posted 10/13/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
When I was a child my Mother saw a snake crawl under the back steps at lunch time. My Father had to call his boss and tell him he wouldn't be back in to work until he found the offender. My Mother wouldn't leave the house again until it had been found and dealt with. She was so terrified of snakes she couldn't even look at them on the TV, I guess I got some of her 'attitude'. My Sister, on the other hand, loves all creatures, and still lives in my parents house. She has a python now. My Mother is spinning in her grave.
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Sniper
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   Posted 10/13/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Mike , send them. The crabs here think they taste just like chicken. I disagree but crabs are less picky .A snake in a tank and a snake in the yard are two dif. creatures. Any time you wish, you can come down here and handle the moccasins, copper heads , coral snakes or cane break rattlers . All others are free to roam around my yard , but those guys get chopped up into crab food. What about that rat ? Bet he is not a snake lover either. By the way, the constricters that got loose in Florida during hurricane Andrew or multiplying and moving up the coast. They tend to get very large and eat peoples pet dogs and cats. I have not had one show up in my yard yet but would not mind at all....I could use a nice set of snake skin boots...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


bella_sky
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   Posted 10/13/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Qow. the machete is an awesome visual. But be careful!!!
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MikeB
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   Posted 10/13/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I actually caught a healthy fat copperhead some years back and took it home to keep for a while. Seems it was an expectant mother who promptly delvered six squirming babies. So yeah I'll stop by and hook a few one of these days . . .

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   Posted 10/13/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Us guys are more used to handling snakes due to our regular exposure to the one-eyed trouser snake - no big deal!

ozonehole
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   Posted 10/13/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper said...
This weekend I was working on my boat and needed some tools from the shop. I sweat a lot when working and take my glasses off or I cant see. On the way up the yard I came close to stepping on what I call, Old Mister No Neck...


What kind of snake was it?

I've had more than my share of snake encounters here in Taiwan. One story even relates to my Crohn's. I had a sudden urgent need to use the toilet, so I just sort of ran into the bathroom, dropped my pants and sat down. Then I noticed out the corner of my eye what seemed like a slight movement. Turned around to find a habu snake sitting on top of the toilet tank, coiled up in striking position with its fangs exposed. You've never seen someone get off the toilet so fast. I hopped down the hallway to my storage room to retrieve a machete and came back, with my pants still down around my knees. The snake was quickly dispatched.

Here in Taiwan, we've got a number of snakes that you're probably not familiar with. I mentioned the habu above, but that one isn't very deadly (though getting bit by one is surely no fun). Last week I killed a "hundred pacer." It takes its name from the fact that if it bites you, expect to walk no more than 100 paces before dropping dead.

Link to a photo and info about 100 pacers:
http://www.geocities.com/gnnyil/taiwanwildlife.html

I usually use an iron bar or machete to dispatch a snake, but the last one I killed by running it over with my car. Had to run it over five times before it finally stopped moving.

Never a dull moment.

best regards,
Robert
Crohn's since 1988
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Sniper
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   Posted 10/13/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Ozone, it was a moccasin, we call them cotton mouths because the inside of their mouths are white and they show it as a threat. They are some of the few snakes we have here that dont run away from you . In fact they are known to come after people. Sounds as if you have a few nasty little no necks there too. Hatch your step ,,,and where you sit.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


randynoguts
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   Posted 10/13/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
dang sniper! i saw thetitle about 'snake in the grass" and i thought you had an update on snohare or VV! ;0)
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humboldtmom
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   Posted 10/13/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Sniper, so glad you were able to move fast and make crab bait out of that snake. Last weekend we had a patient come in the hospital with a rattlesnake bite. He was building something in his yard when he saw what he thought was a gopher snake, picked it up, of course it bit him. Still thinking it was a gopher snake it carried it to show to a friend, who wasn't sure, then went back to his building. Only when his thumb started hurting and turning purple, did he realize it was a rattler. Bet he doesn't pick any more snakes up!

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 10/14/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Ha! When I was a kid I used to chase the boys w/a garden/garder snake. Now? ANY snake can send me beating the record 4 minute mile.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 10/14/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
A shotgun works ok too. But I hate it when they drop out of the trees on you.
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Sniper
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   Posted 10/14/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
C2, somehow I always pictured you chasing the boys with a garder snake. Aint it great to just scare the peewadly out of people sometimes.
Randy, old VV dont come around here no more because he's scared of my spelling. I dont know about Snohare but I miss his humor. Had a bite of its own.
Humbold, Was that guy named MIKE ? I would never pick up a snake that I was not sure of . Even then they are much easier to handel when the head is removed with a quick strike of a machete. We have lots of large water snakes here and I have grabbed a few of them along with ribbon snakes and coach whips but even those will give you a nasty but nonpoisonous bite so its always best to grab them on the business end. They dont bother me when I see them, its the ones that surprise you that get to me. I was working under my uncles house doing some plumbing years ago when I felt something up my pant leg. I had a very bad feeling I knew what it was. Slid myself slowly out from under the house and shook out a small ground rattler. Now that gives you the heebejeebes...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 10/15/2009 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
So I was dreaming about going fishing and low and behold yep watermoc's drop from the over head branches. And I remembered how I sank my first boat.
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   Posted 10/15/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, aren't you boys a bunch of Indiana Jones'!! I really enjoyed reading over these funny stories. I'll be buying myself a machete ASAP, as it seems to be the tool of choice.
44 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March this year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Prednisone 0 mg (as of this week!!), Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium 40 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.


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   Posted 10/15/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
navy, ... that wasnt a government boat was it? :0)
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