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Sun Sep 8, 2013, 09:13 PM

people and snakes are a trip

My wife just called me freaking about a snake at her friends apartment.They were both screaming for me to come kill it.

Turns out it was a 6 inch garter snake.I caught it and thought about making it a pet but took it to the edge of the woods and turned it loose.

I don't get the reflexive fear of snakes...spiders I get...but not snakes

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Reply people and snakes are a trip (Original post)
backwoodsbob Sep 2013 OP
mgc1961 Sep 2013 #1
RebelOne Sep 2013 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Sep 2013 #2
PasadenaTrudy Sep 2013 #4
BlancheSplanchnik Sep 2013 #14
PasadenaTrudy Sep 2013 #18
a la izquierda Sep 2013 #5
backwoodsbob Sep 2013 #6
grasswire Sep 2013 #7
Locut0s Sep 2013 #8
nolabear Sep 2013 #9
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backwoodsbob Sep 2013 #10
backwoodsbob Sep 2013 #11
nolabear Sep 2013 #13
nolabear Sep 2013 #12
Art_from_Ark Sep 2013 #15
NuclearDem Sep 2013 #16
Flaxbee Sep 2013 #17

Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 09:16 PM

1. I read ya.

 

I used to keep snakes as a boy. I learned the basics of identifying the poisonous ones and made my own snake stick to catch 'em.

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Response to mgc1961 (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 10:04 PM

3. I love snakes. I had two boa constrictors a few years ago.

They are great pets. They don't bark or shit on the carpet. But they got so big and wanted more than just rats to eat. I donated them to the Miami-Dade College for the hands-on program for kids.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 09:36 PM

2. I like snakes. They are interesting animals.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 10:10 PM

4. Snakes are cool!

My first snake was a garter snake when I was about 10. Had boas, pythons, and a king snake when I got older. I was one of the weird girls: hated dolls, loved reptiles and amphibians

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Response to PasadenaTrudy (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 9, 2013, 09:36 PM

14. me too....but I found that snakes are boring pets

for me, anyway. But I loved my toads!!!! They're the best! And you used to be able to get pet horned toads, which are adorable. Thy're like tiny bearded dragons, but fat.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #14)

Tue Sep 10, 2013, 11:29 AM

18. I had a horned toad, too!

Salamanders made cute pets as did tadpoles. We called them pollywogs back in the day. Then it was fun watching them turn into frogs. Wonder how many kids get to experience this anymore?

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 10:20 PM

5. Snakes rock.

Spiders, if they remain outside, are fine.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 11:20 PM

6. same here

we just have some BIG spiders in Charleston...Will be back in virginia Friday so all is good

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 11:24 PM

7. I am a snake-o-phobe.

Almost didn't open this thread, as I can't look at pics of them. And I prolly won't check back in case someone here puts a pic up.

My brother used to chase me around the house with an illustration in a book of Medusa, the figure with snakes for hair. I was four or five years old.

It's a phobia.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 11:25 PM

8. Snakes, spiders, bees, wasps, most 'creepy crawlies'...

I don't have much of an issue with. The only times they creep me out are when there is some type of mass movement. Dozens or hundreds of individuals moving as one, or congregating in the same area. Things like bugs nests, tent caterpillars, masses of daddy long legs, etc.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 11:34 PM

9. I hav always liked snakes. Palmetto bugs, now...

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Response to nolabear (Reply #9)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 11:50 PM

10. I

HATE PALMETTO BUGS!!!!

When I realized they can fly is when I made it my mission to kill every Palmetto Bug I see

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Response to backwoodsbob (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 11:51 PM

11. oh and I saw my first

tower ant the other day....bigass scary ants they are

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Response to backwoodsbob (Reply #11)

Mon Sep 9, 2013, 10:56 AM

13. Are tower ants like fire ants? Big, termite-mound building fire ants?

I'd forgotten about what fun fire ants are until I got bit for the first time in years not too long ago. It's left a fine scar.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Reply #10)

Mon Sep 9, 2013, 10:54 AM

12. Amen to that. I had some childhood experiences that left m scarred for life!

I get the willies just posting about them.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Mon Sep 9, 2013, 10:05 PM

15. I hate snakes

Garter snakes I can tolerate because they're harmless. But I hate Burmese pythons that have taken over the Everglades. I hate rattlers and copperheads and coral snakes and water moccasins and vipers and asps and cobras and bushmasters because their bite can cause serious problems. And they look creepy.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Mon Sep 9, 2013, 10:08 PM

16. Snakes I can handle.

Wasps and hornets, or any flying insect with a stinger for that matter, is a different issue.

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Response to backwoodsbob (Original post)

Mon Sep 9, 2013, 10:34 PM

17. I don't understand the hatred of snakes OR spiders. Respect, most definitely. Fear? Not so much

unless you accidentally blunder across a rattler or a big spider's web or live in Australia...

I find both spiders and snakes to be completely fascinating. I have no control of my flailing limbs if a spider is on me - it's such a reflex I can barely control it - but I will NOT kill unless it's of the very damaging kind - not just a sore spot if you're bitten, but serious damage if you're bitten (black widows, brown recluses). And hey, if the black widow is minding its own business in the wilderness, who am I to kill it? It's serving a purpose, doing its thing, and if it isn't in someone's home or garage, it gets a pass.

Wouldn't kill a snake, either - not even if it's poisonous - unless I had to do so to save the life of a human or pet. These creatures have evolved to have a very important place in our ecosystem and human phobias shouldn't be the death knell for them.

So there.

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