Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 25

Thread: A wildlife rescue

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    The Heart of Dixie
    Posts
    4,268

    A wildlife rescue

    My neighbor called a few minutes ago and asked if I wanted a snake. Well, no I said. I don't really need one. Then she explained there was one at her tractor and lawn mower shed and she couldn't get to them. I told her it would leave, that she could scare it away. Well that didn't go over to big.

    So rather than it be killed I went over and caught it. As I was walking back home it occurred to me that this is Wednesday night. I live next door to a Baptist Church too. And yea, there are members in the parking lot. Deep South...... Hummmmmmm Snake handling service anyone?

    I detoured the relocation though the house to LOML and got her to snap a couple of photos first. And no, she is not scared of them either.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ratsnake1.JPG 
Views:	68 
Size:	46.2 KB 
ID:	21134 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ratsnake2.jpg 
Views:	52 
Size:	48.3 KB 
ID:	21135

    Had to do a little searching but it's a immature Black Rat Snake. Anything that eats rats has a place in my field!! I turned him loose near my pond(mud hole) where there are lots of frogs right now. And quite a few rats around it too.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


    Kudzu Craft Lightweight Skin on frame Kayaks.
    Custom built boats and Kits

  2. #2
    Jeff,

    My youngest son loves snakes. While in college he took care of the colleges snake collection which included 1 15'er, some rattle snakes and assorted others. His senior year someone gave him a 5' albino burmese ? python. Anyway, when he asked if he could keep it in his bedroom in our basement.....His Momma told him she'd disown him if it escaped. I told him I had a 12 gauge solution to any snake that appeared outside of a cage within the confines of my home. I also told him I had no problem repairing any hole or damage I might produce. He gave it to the college.
    Ken
    ------



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,020
    Good that you were able to find a place for the little guy. They definitely are beneficial critters.

    I'm not real fond of reptiles, but LOML likes them. She can't stand insects, but I wear big shoes, so they don't 'bug' me. She handles all the lizards that come into the house, and I handle all the spiders and such.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    The Heart of Dixie
    Posts
    4,268
    I have kept snakes for short periods of time. Never wanted one to keep one long term. But they never scared me. Well, if I see them that is. I HATE being surprised by a snake as much as anyone. If I can see him I know what is poisonous and what is not.

    My worst scare was a 4" or 5" ring neck snake. I was a kid, walking barefoot to the boat house at night.... bet you guess what happened. I stepped on it and I bet I could have cleared a 6' man too!

    At least this one has a good place to live. Of course if he makes his to his road he will probably be killed. But they do a lot more good than harm. As I said, anything that eats rats has a place on my little piece of ground! I understand peoples fear but I wish they would leave them along or find someone just to remove it. I caught one a couple of weeks ago at a Home Inspection and moved him away from the house so it didn't end up dead.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


    Kudzu Craft Lightweight Skin on frame Kayaks.
    Custom built boats and Kits

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,364
    Since moving to the desert, I'm getting more used to snakes.

    There's a 3' gopher snake that roams around the house. He was around last year, and I dang near stepped on him last weekend. I've got a bonafide case of snake-o-phobia, and I have an uneasy relationship with him. I named him Goofy, the gopher snake.

    You see, the gopher snake does a pretty good job of imitating rattlers, and there are plenty of those around here, but if Goofy does his job right, well, there's fewer rodents around for the rattlers to be interested in.

    I've got a deal with the rattlers. If they stay 50 yards away from the house, they can be the best rattle snake they can be. Inside that area, and things start to get a little more serious.

    With the dogs and people around, I know I should be more enlightened and just remove them to a more remote area, but that aint gonna happen.
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Harvey, Michigan
    Posts
    687
    Jeff - glad to see you were able to save the little guy! Don't see many snakes up here but every once in awhile we'll get a 3' garter snake come through the backyard. It's rare - so I always consider that a treat! Snakes never really bothered me much as long as I know they are there. Use to run into rattlers when I lived in Montana and was out hunting. Got to the point while deer hunting that when you walked up on some rocks that the sun had warmed up - you started looking real close. Always found some - just walked around them and continued hunting.

    Plus, I have to agree with your statement - much rather have a snake(s) around eating rats than have to deal with the rats!
    Steve

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Posts
    5,323
    Must be the season! I found a 2 foot garter snake in one of the flower gardens yesterday morning.

    They're harmless, of course, and actually beneficial, so I just admired the sleek little fellow and left him there.
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Catalunya
    Posts
    4,632
    I can see by the pics that you became friends quite easily.
    It looks rather relaxed on your hands.
    The best advantage is that they don't meow like cats, don't sharpen their nails in your best piece of furniture and don't go marking their territory with urine, why not adopt it as you did instead of a cat?.

    P.S.
    For those who from this post may think that I hate cats, in fact I love them, so do not get mad at me please
    Best regards,
    Toni

    __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ _________________
    web site:http://www.toniciuraneta.com
    I also dream of a shop with north light where my hands can be busy, my soul rest and my mind wander...

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Posts
    1,417
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Schlumpf View Post
    Got to the point while deer hunting that when you walked up on some rocks that the sun had warmed up - you started looking real close. Always found some - just walked around them and continued hunting.
    You know what the old-time cowboys and cattle drovers used to say - make sure you LOOK at where you're flopping on the ground. From what I understand, many of the young and new drovers lost a few years from flopping on or near a snake.

    I don't particularly like snakes, but I'm better than I used to be - I was so petrified of snakes when I was a kid that I couldn't look at pictures of them in the encyclopedia without getting the willies.

    Here's a link to a video my son took a couple of days ago at a truck stop in Washington state of one that slithered across his path--he almost stepped on this one.

    http://s79.photobucket.com/albums/j1...t=100_0188.flv
    Nancy Laird
    dandnspecialties@msn.com
    FWW Registered Voter and Voting Member
    Woodworker, turner, laser engraver; RETIRED!!


    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to his country for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' If you love your country, thank a vet.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,364
    What do you think, is that about a 4' path? Good size snake.

    Looks a lot like the gopher snake that frequents our house here in nevada.

    Acts about the same way when I'm close to it. Just a slow, kind of straight ahead crawl.

    The gopher snakes are supposed to be able to mimic rattlers if they feel threatened.
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


Similar Threads

  1. Tower rescue
    By Dave Hawksford in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-24-2013, 12:50 AM
  2. Replies: 13
    Last Post: 12-27-2012, 03:14 PM
  3. For all the hunters and wildlife lovers..
    By Rob Keeble in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-17-2011, 09:43 PM
  4. Superglue to the rescue
    By Pete MoncrieffJury in forum Lathe Project Showcase
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 03-19-2008, 12:04 AM
  5. We adopted a 'rescue' dog...
    By Kirk Constable in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-27-2007, 10:13 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •