Jun 7, 2010

SNAKES!!!

First I must say this: When you get to the pictures click to enlarge them!!!
Yesterday as I was planting ferns, I nearly stepped on a HUGE Fox Snake.  I screamed for Thom to come and see how big it was, okay ~ and because it scared the bejeebers out of me!  It was nearly 50 inches long! Then today as I was tossing out some vegetable scraps, I looked over at my old beaten down trunk that I had just planted with herbs, checking to see if last nights frost warning did any damage (which it didn't) but WOW was I in for a shocker ... check out what came slithering out of the hole in the ground, IN the trunk that I had just planted. Being the trunk is so big we had filled the bottom of it with pieces of packing styrofoam  - you know, the hard formed stuff you find around t.v's., tables saws, etc. So there's only dirt on the top part of the box leaving plenty of room for a "snake pit!"  What I've read about these snakes is that they start out at a foot long and can get to just over 5 feet.  These two are the "small ones" but look at the size of them. They love ticks and rodents and are not poisionous. They will imitate rattle snakes by coiling themselves up and shaking their tales in the leaves, but all in all they're known as "good" snakes to have around. But they are too close for comfort if you ask me!!
Watch your step!!
I have a super video of them getting down and dirty, doing the lovey thing but it's too huge to post.  But man, can they flip and flop while tied in a knot!

14 comments:

lil sis said...

Cher, looks like you'll be having little
baby ones around real soon...seems to
me the smaller one is a female with her
big protective male hanging around.
I'd be carrying a hoe every time I checked
the herbs - be careful.
Years ago, we found around 13 snake eggs, already hatched out, in one of our big piles of sand we used for mixing stucco. We saw the crushed momma
on the dirt road, think it was a chicken snake.
Be careful - love ya, me

Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski said...

I am not a fan of snakes and yet I know they really do a lot of good and are an intregal part of nature. As long as I don't have to hold them and worry about they biting/killing my dogs they are a good thing to have hanging around. Sometimes it's a challenge to find the beauty in all nature isn't it? Thanks for sharing ...!

Dar said...

Oh, Cher, but look at the 'LOVE'...they are so in 'LOVE'

~mel said...

Yuck... yuck... and triple yuck! I don't care if they eat bugs and mice and all those other pesky little critters... I'd find a way to get rid of them before they have babies!!! Yuck!!! I'm not a snake fan by any means.... YUCK!!! When they have babies... I don't care what kind of snake it is, they'll become aggressive. I've seen the mean side of garter snakes and little copper bellies... YUCK!!! GET RID OF THEM!!!

~mel said...

and plug up the hole!!!!!!!!!

~mel said...

Go get a can of Great Stuff foam and start spraying!!!! and spraying ... and spraying~~~~~~ and spraying!!!!!!!!! YUCK... Did I mention I HATE SNAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OR BETTER YET>>> GET SOME CEMENT AND FILL THE HOLE WITH THAT!!!!!!!!! YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The White Farmhouse said...

I am with Mel on this one. I hate snakes! Are those fox snakes? I got them in my basement. I've seen them a couple of times slithering around down there. Good reason to not do laundry! Snakes just scare the crap out of me and gross me out. If it doesn't have hair and four legs it is gross and i am not a fan of it. Yuck!

Kay said...

I was going to ask if the mating or fighting, but I guess from the other comments....they were mating. Are those Rattlers? I HATE SNAKES! I won't hike during the hot weather because of them.

My brother was landscaping his backyard. It had astroturf on it and when he went to pull it all up, there were about 10 or 12 snakes under it. Scary.

Papa and Nana O said...

OK - only you would have a snake porn flick!! If they don't contribute to the house payment they are not allowed in my immediate yard (or planters). I don't know that I would kill them but I'd sure try to relocate them somewhere far, far away!

Cathy Clementz said...

I DON'T like spiders and snakes!! I've never seen photos of "sexy snakes" before (well unless it was around that pop singer, whatshername). Gives me shivers all over.....

Sayit-baldys said...

ARE THOSE THE SAME AS 'KING' SNAKES ?
KING SNAKES ARE GOOD TOO. sam

Dee said...

~faints dead away~ OMG! This is one of the coolest and scariest postings I ever read. lol That is just wild about the snakes coming out & doing the wildthang with you so close by. It's a blessing they weren't venomous to humans(or are they?) Great pictures. Wow! Now these are kodak moments, if I ever saw one. :)

Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful snake-free rest of the week!
:)

Denise said...

One word, "YIKES!!!!"

Arija said...

Glad you ha your camera handy. W too have resident deadly snakes. One tried to get into the house last summer.