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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 11:54 AM
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Hurricane Katrina: Really BIG SNAKES! (pix)












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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 11:56 AM
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1. Uhhh...I think I hear my mom calling me.
:yoiks:
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:01 PM
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2. Those could make a pretty good shot at eating you, eh?
Esp. that last one. :scared:
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:03 PM
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3. looks very well fed, doesn't he?
Wow! I've never seen a black snake that big. :wow:
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:21 PM
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6. I think it could very well be bigger than I am.
Longer, for sure! :scared:
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Left_Winger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:37 PM
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9. Actually those are water moccasins.
Please pardon the correction.
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:49 PM
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15. That's what I was thinking.... jeeeeeeeez!
:scared:
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 07:16 PM
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40. I ran across a guy in a swamped boat while fishing once...
Seems a water moc had dropped from a limb into his boat. He was so shook up he pulled out a revolver and punched 6 big holes in the bottom. Missed the snake entirely.

-Hoot
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-12-05 07:43 AM
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56. They are very aggressive too
They come after you and they have good memories.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 04:37 PM
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27. I don't even want to think about how.
Ew. Just EW.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:03 PM
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4. No kidding!
:scared:
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Dastard Stepchild Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:05 PM
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5. Yikes!!!
I forgot about that slithering peril to brave rescuers.
:scared:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:34 PM
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7. I love Wisconsin
I love Wisconsin
I love Wisconsin
I love Wisconsin
I love Wisconsin
I love Wisconsin
I love Wisconsin
I love Wisconsin
I love Wisconsin

RL
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 07:18 PM
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41. Me too
me too
me too
me too
me too
me too
me too
me too
me too

:hi:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 07:59 PM
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43. Hey, how are you?
:hi:

RL
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:35 PM
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8. Careful
Some of those are Water Moccasins(certainly the last shot). Don't bother them and they won't bother you.
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maveric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 04:40 PM
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29. Or are they Cottonmouths. Which are poisionous?
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SlavesandBulldozers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 05:00 PM
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30. cottonmouth=water mocassin. same thing. and they are poisonous.
:)
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-12-05 06:33 AM
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53. same critter, different names
Not to be mistaken for the non-venomous watersnakes of the genus Neryodia(sp?), who can be frisky in defense but not dangerous.
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MadAsHellNewYorker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:39 PM
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10. wow, those are amazing!
where are the pics from?
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:45 PM
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13. someone forwarded 'em to me in email
Edited on Sat Sep-10-05 12:47 PM by crispini
and said they got tossed up on an oil rig in the gulf. not exactly sure where though, and not sure if the oil rig was still IN the gulf or washed ashore somewhere.
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MadAsHellNewYorker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:47 PM
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14. thats just freaky...
Edited on Sat Sep-10-05 12:47 PM by MadAsHellNewYorker
:scared:
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:40 PM
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11. Those moccasins are nasty buggers.
Can be more agressive than rattlers & such.
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Left_Winger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 12:41 PM
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12. And they can move a lot faster than one might think.
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 01:56 PM
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16. Holy shit! I hate those things.
I was fishing on the Chatahoochee River in GA once. I reached back to cast and found a water moccasin stretching toward me from a near by bush. I'm not sure how I got to the other bank, but I can assure you it didn't take long.
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ulysses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 02:01 PM
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17. goddamn.
Ireland, anyone? :scared:
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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 02:13 PM
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18. Should have checked Snopes.
Claim: Photographs show snakes driven to an offshore oil rig by Hurricane Katrina.

Status: Real photos; inaccurate description.

(snip)

"We don't known exactly when and where these pictures originated or whether they were all taken at the same time and place, but they clearly have no connection to Hurricane Katrina, as they were posted on web sites well before that storm hit the Gulf Coast."

http://www.snopes.com/photos/katrina/snakerig.asp
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 02:38 PM
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19. well,
Edited on Sat Sep-10-05 02:40 PM by crispini
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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 02:39 PM
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20. Interesting. Still....
:scared:

(And I'm sure there are snakes in the water in NO.)
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 02:49 PM
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21. Back in the 50's after Hurricane Hazel
My father was on a ship in the Merchant Marine. Sailing in the Gulf after the hurricane, the water was filled with snakes. They had to hose them off the side of the ship as they tried to climb aboard.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 03:42 PM
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22. Unless they are water moccasins, copperheads or rattlers
or mombas (only found in Africa), they are harmless. I am a former snake owner. Had boas and some of those snakes could be pets that got loose during the flood.
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hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 04:16 PM
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23. They don't look real friendly, either ...
:scared:
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 04:34 PM
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25. At least one or two did not look happy about having
their pictures taken.

Scary.

In Oregon--we don't have many snakes. At least, none that I've ever seen out here in safe suburbia.
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sundog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 04:18 PM
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24. why did i ever click on this thread
:scared: :scared: :scared: :scared: :scared:

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

i hate snakes
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progmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 04:36 PM
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26. are the snakes in that second picture eating each other?
:scared:
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 06:41 PM
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37. they form a ball of snakes when it rains
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CanuckAmok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 04:38 PM
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28. I was just wondering about this...
Actually, I was wondering if the water is brackish enough to sustain crocs. Are there gators and crocodiles in that part of LA?
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AuntieM1957 Donating Member (775 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 06:39 PM
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36. I met a guy at a shelter here in Houston last week - he said
that there are gators in LA.

big ones.
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 07:24 PM
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42. Absolutely there are.
Unlikely they'd migrate into NO, but possible. If you drive through LA and south Miss on secondary roads, watch for low shadows and slow down. I've often come up on gators warming themselves on the road at night.

-Hoot
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-12-05 07:46 AM
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57. Gators in Coastal Mississippi too
Even before the storm.
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MnFats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 05:04 PM
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31. URBAN LEGEND ALERT....Check www.snopes.com....not Katrina-caused...
...fotos are real but shot long before katrina...
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 06:01 PM
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32. water moccasins are wider than they are long
you have some beauties in yr photos

be careful tho
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 06:04 PM
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33. Check Snopes -- not Katrina
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Lady Freedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 06:06 PM
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34. Poor things
:(
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alphafemale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 10:39 PM
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49. Snakes are often unfairly killed...but that sig pic made me laugh
In this context.
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AuntieM1957 Donating Member (775 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 06:37 PM
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35. I wouldn't get close enough to a cottonmouth to take those!
those are some mean snakes.

I'm not afraid of many animals. But those are aggressive at best. After a hurricane, way beyond pissed off.

And very, very poisonous.

Raised here in the Gulf Coast, I was taught from an early age to have a health fear/respect for the cottonmouth.

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KyndCulture Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 06:59 PM
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38. oh fuck!!!!


DID I CLICK ON THIS THREAD
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Ladyhawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 07:00 PM
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39. DAMN...those are FUCKING HUGE COTTONMOUTHS!!!
Cottonmouth (AKA water moccasin) venom is nasty, too.
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 08:26 PM
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44. OH.MY.GOD.
my who body tightened when i saw these pics!!!! they scare the living beejeeezus out of me! :wow: :scared: :hide:

are they water moccassins??
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 08:38 PM
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45. Cottonmouths are scary
After working in the swamp in South Carolina I had snake dreams/nightmares weekly for over a year...

Finally I went out and got two snakes as pets. Then the dreams went away. :(
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 08:45 PM
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46. Cottonmouths for sure!
Triangle heads, brown underneath (when wet) and fat like a man's arm. They will attack you! I've lost two dogs to them. We had horses and they would go after the horse's legs. (we lived near a pond)

I used to drive my more "green" friends nuts complaining about them. They suggested we "move" them to another area. Right. We moved them. Permanently.

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Vektor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 10:18 PM
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48. Did you keep getting more showing up?
It seems like those are pretty plentiful in that region.
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-05 06:45 AM
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51. Yeah
they aren't particularly territorial. If you sat in the bench by the pond and knew where to look, you could always find one. Just looking w/ binoculars you could see them swimming. Usually, they stayed put. But in dry weather they came out for some reason, which is odd because their pond was still nice and wet. And in very wet weather they decided the whole farm was their own. We always looked before we stepped down off the porch. In five years living there we probably killed eight or ten. I am not particularly afraid of snakes, even rattlers, who are rather shy and well-mannered. But I think cottonmouths are demons from hell. I'm told they don't kill humans unless it is a very small child that doesn't receive treatment. But they somehow thin out your blood and you bleed internally, which is what happened to our dogs, who we DID get to the vet.
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Vektor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 10:10 PM
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47. That is some scary shit.
Anything that can survive in that putrid bilge is a force to be reckoned with.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 11:07 PM
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50. Every living creature is just trying to stay alive
even snakes :(
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Jara sang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-05 06:48 AM
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52. Water moccasins, note the triangular head.
They are pit vipers.
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-12-05 06:51 AM
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54. EEEK!
I gotta go. (got that creepy crawly feeling).
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radwriter0555 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-12-05 06:54 AM
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55. DAYUM. I'd hate to meet up with those critters when I least expected
it.
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