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Post  llama momma on 6/17/2012, 9:36 am

This morning while weeding in my non square foot flower garden. What is this? Should I be afraid? It's over a foot long and frightened the bejeebies out of me! Thanks for your help!

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Post  RoOsTeR on 6/17/2012, 9:39 am

Good golly I would have pooped myself Razz I know there's been discussions here before about snakes and friendlies, but I've got no beefs admitting I'm not good with snakes...at all.

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Post  camprn on 6/17/2012, 9:40 am

GOOD SNAKE!!!! Very Happy Butler's Garter Snake
Wish I had snakes in my garden.

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Post  littlejo on 6/17/2012, 9:42 am

Snakes are scary! Looks like the eastern plains garter snake, by the pic here: Jo



http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=yfp-t-701&va=brown+and+tan+striped+snake

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Post  RoOsTeR on 6/17/2012, 9:43 am

You sure that ain't a deadly

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Post  littlejo on 6/17/2012, 9:45 am

I think Roosters reply is better! Jo

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Post  malefacter on 6/17/2012, 10:37 am

if its a guarder its a good one grandma used to have guarders in her back yard they eat bugs and mice but they did not look like that

you may want to call animal control or a zoo in your area

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Post  camprn on 6/17/2012, 10:42 am

It's a butler's garter snake... it is not dangerous to humans. According to THIS SITE Ohio has three venomous snakes and the snake in the OP photo isn't one of them.

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Post  llama momma on 6/17/2012, 11:07 am

Thanks everybody! I was completely bent over pulling weeds and turned and that thing was about 18 inches from my face aach! ...BTW bad Rooster if you were my biological brother why I'd have to throw something at your head like a boot or something jocolor rofl jocolor

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Post  llama momma on 6/17/2012, 11:10 am

Camp - I've printed out the info you loaded up, thanks so much!!! I'll put it on the side of the fridge for reference.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 6/17/2012, 11:18 am

BTW bad Rooster if you were my biological brother why I'd have to throw something at your head like a boot or something

Oh no, I just meant I'm sooo not a snake person, that they all look deadly and venomous to me What a Face

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Post  llama momma on 6/17/2012, 11:20 am

Gotcha, I was just playin with you anyway Very Happy

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Post  Josh on 6/17/2012, 11:22 am


I don't like snakes!

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Post  CharlesB on 6/17/2012, 11:29 am

Good snake. I have two of them living in my Community Garden. Scare the crap out of me when I step and next to my foot I see them slither away.

They'll eat a bunch of stuff we want them to. Slugs, etc. Which my Community Garden is full of. So I am glad they come and feast on them.

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Post  quiltbea on 6/17/2012, 11:34 am

Hey, he's a good guy. I have a beauty in my garden who loves curling up among my bags of last year's leaves. He slithers off quickly when I approach.

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Post  llama momma on 6/17/2012, 11:38 am

Good to know CharlesB. Thanks Quiltbea. I'm going to try to train myself to be happy about it next time. And I thought I really was an outdoor girl. But I kept thinking when I went back outside it would find its way up my pant leg. Its time to pull out some super straight leg jeans.

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Post  TejasTerry on 6/17/2012, 7:03 pm

@llama momma wrote:Good to know CharlesB. Thanks Quiltbea. I'm going to try to train myself to be happy about it next time. And I thought I really was an outdoor girl. But I kept thinking when I went back outside it would find its way up my pant leg. Its time to pull out some super straight leg jeans.

He's more afraid of you...don't worry about the "pant leg" thing...

Now if you were a big fat rat...well that's another story... What a Face

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/17/2012, 7:19 pm

@CharlesB wrote:They'll eat a bunch of stuff we want them to. Slugs, etc.

SLUGS?!? I want to order one....where do I sign up??? bounce
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Post  llama momma on 6/17/2012, 7:58 pm

Talk about the circle of life.
The 3/4 acre pond next door supplies the thousands of frogs or toads whatever, where plenty find their way into my barn, also observed kingfisher birds smashing frogs on rocks and dining on them. Toads are all over the flower beds and hop up into the sf garden boxes and I have found them in my Window boxes! :afraid: I don't get that at all how do they get about
4-1/2 feet up there??? .....anyway they help eat the bugs and slugs, the snake eats the toads and slugs, etc. My barn cats have in the past dragged a dead snake up to the barn loft, for what reason I don't know. Sometimes I look outside and think not much is happening but really, its a pretty wild place out there. The birds are hawking from the fence down to the ground and back up again with their bug snacks. Haven't even talked about the preying mantis and all the other bug wars going on. Yeah, its a wild place out there. Yet, I like it as long as nothing stings or bites Me. Wink

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Post  Belle87ad on 6/18/2012, 8:03 am

@llama momma wrote:Talk about the circle of life.
The 3/4 acre pond next door supplies the thousands of frogs or toads whatever, where plenty find their way into my barn, also observed kingfisher birds smashing frogs on rocks and dining on them. Toads are all over the flower beds and hop up into the sf garden boxes and I have found them in my Window boxes! :afraid: I don't get that at all how do they get about
4-1/2 feet up there??? .....anyway they help eat the bugs and slugs, the snake eats the toads and slugs, etc. My barn cats have in the past dragged a dead snake up to the barn loft, for what reason I don't know. Sometimes I look outside and think not much is happening but really, its a pretty wild place out there. The birds are hawking from the fence down to the ground and back up again with their bug snacks. Haven't even talked about the preying mantis and all the other bug wars going on. Yeah, its a wild place out there. Yet, I like it as long as nothing stings or bites Me. Wink

I'm really glad I didn't see that snake when I was visiting last week, Mom lol. Remember I used to care for snakes, rats, tarantulas etc. when I worked for the science museum? Well, that seems like ages ago and apparently I've lost any sort of "de-sensitizing" when it comes to the creepy crawlies...guess I'll have to get it back if I plan on playing in the dirt here in a couple weeks!! Very Happy Don't be surprised though if you get a few panicked phone calls Razz

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Post  llama momma on 6/18/2012, 8:51 am

Ah, yes, you'll have to "get it back" uh-huh..and remember panicked phone calls are what mother's are for. I love you
How about trained rat basketball and you handling that huge lizardly thing at the museum. Gardening will be enjoyable and convenient right in the backyard.

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Post  malefacter on 6/18/2012, 10:37 am

the cat was just giving you a present i used to have a cat that was verry good at catching birds and she wold leave them at the door some times just the feet

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Post  llama momma on 6/18/2012, 10:48 am

Just the feet that's heartwarming.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/18/2012, 11:50 am

I had a cat, Jasmine, that used to love to bring home little snakes and play with them. She'd throw them up in the air and chase them and toss them around. During the winter when she'd stay indoors I got this great idea to give her a strand of spaghetti. I could pick out an almost done strand and lay it on her back. She had a ball with it. And it became normal in our house to test the done-ness of the spaghetti on Jazzy's back - if it stuck, the spaghetti was done, and she got a good work out.

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