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Visitors in the garden this morning

Post  acara on 3/9/2011, 9:56 am

Tee-hee ..... had some unexpected visitors in the garden when I went out to water this morning;



















Perhaps they are veggie-snakes? Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Re: Visitors in the garden this morning

Post  FarmerValerie on 3/9/2011, 10:07 am

EEEWWWW Creepy!!!!
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Post  boffer on 3/9/2011, 10:17 am

Hey Cracker, you forgot to post the recipe for him!
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Re: Visitors in the garden this morning

Post  walshevak on 3/9/2011, 10:17 am

I can't help it. I know not all snakes are poisonous. I know they keep down the vector population. I understand they are probably more wary of us.
But I JUST CAN'T TAKE SNAKES!!!!

Maybe it was training as a toddler because we lived in moccasin, copperhead and rattler terratory.

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Re: Visitors in the garden this morning

Post  acara on 3/9/2011, 10:23 am

@boffer wrote:Hey Cracker, you forgot to post the recipe for him!

Thought did cross my mind .... but momma was standing behind me, so I decided to stick with pot roast for dinner Rolling Eyes

At least one of them was jerky-making size!!
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Re: Visitors in the garden this morning

Post  boffer on 3/9/2011, 10:24 am

Understood. Way to early to be cleaning up that sort of thing.

On the other hand, you might as well get used to it!


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Post  sheslostit on 3/9/2011, 10:34 am

he or she is a very beautiful black racer..i know most people are creeped out by snakes but its harmless and might help keep the veggie eating vermin away. He's not posionous and sort of pretty if you ask me..but i'm weird that way...now if the was a moccasin or a copperhead...he'd be dead on the spot. I say let him take up shelter there, he'll keep your plants safe and trust me they are afraid and will run from you affraid

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Post  acara on 3/9/2011, 10:34 am

@boffer wrote:Understood. Way to early to be cleaning up that sort of thing.

On the other hand, you might as well get used to it!


Tru-dat Very Happy
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Post  AndreaHall on 3/9/2011, 10:37 am

Ooh, maybe THAT is what I need... a large snake to keep the cats out!
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Re: Visitors in the garden this morning

Post  acara on 3/9/2011, 10:40 am

@AndreaHall wrote:Ooh, maybe THAT is what I need... a large snake to keep the cats out!


LOL ....just saw yr post
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Post  camprn on 3/9/2011, 10:50 am

OMG !!! That is so awesome and perfect vole control!!! You are very lucky to have a resident snake in your garden. I wish I had some!!! And thanks for sharing! Very Happy
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Re: Visitors in the garden this morning

Post  LaFee on 3/9/2011, 12:35 pm

Oooh, Acara - is he an indigo or a racer?

Almost looked bluish, but wasn't completely sure.

I had a racer who lived in my monstera, but climbed the orange tree to wait for prey. I nearly picked him instead of an orange when I was heavily pregnant with my youngun. He ran over my foot about a year later and scared the doody outta me!

You're lucky to have gotten such awesome photos -- they're both usually much more shy than that.

(for all those with the heebie-jeebies -- these are the good guys -- shy, hungry, and non-poisonous -- and if he's an indigo, he's a protected species, too.)

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/9/2011, 12:40 pm

OOOOOOOOH! I hope I get some visitors like that! He would be king in my garden! Last year I lost 5 tomato seedlings to the resident under-shed bunny!

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Post  windrider1967 on 3/9/2011, 2:58 pm

Went out this morning to meet my hubby for lunch and looked over at the bed right outside the front door and SNAKE HOLE. Most likely a black as I have seen them around. I don't argue with them so long as they aren't in the lived in portions of the house. We are rural suburban so we get lots of mice. I have actually forund a black in my attic once - must have climbed the old chimney. They really are good for keeping the animal population down and even the rabbits tend to stay away from active snake tunnels.
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Post  acara on 3/9/2011, 4:33 pm

@LaFee wrote:Oooh, Acara - is he an indigo or a racer?


Those are Racers.

The mocassins, pygmy rattlers and coral snakes will be next month when all the rain starts.

Don't usually worry about them though .....kinda secondary to all the aggressive alligators during mating season (we have at least two pairs that like to sun in the backyard).

The snakes don't bother me ..... they make the squirrels and rabbits work for their dinner when they poach my veggies Very Happy
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Post  acara on 3/9/2011, 4:40 pm

@camprn wrote:OMG !!! That is so awesome and perfect vole control!!! You are very lucky to have a resident snake in your garden. I wish I had some!!! And thanks for sharing! Very Happy

My 16 y/o daughters a herp-lover, so she would skin me alive if she ever caught me hurting one. She drives my wife nuts because she'll go out and pick them up and move them out of the way if they are close to a door or something.

Luckily she doesn't have the same love of alligators Shocked
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Post  Miss M on 3/10/2011, 1:15 am

@acara wrote:Luckily she doesn't have the same love of alligators Shocked
Definitely count your blessings... when he was a kid, my dad brought home a baby alligator for a pet. When my grandmother discovered him, she had a fit! affraid

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Re: Visitors in the garden this morning

Post  CindiLou on 3/10/2011, 3:17 am

Humm wish I could get my ball python to take care of the vermin!!!!

rofl..sorry.. I really really don't like snakes but somehow I ended up with two of them! One my daughter has had since he was a baby and one that we adopted. They have two completely different personalities! Daughter's you can hold any time no matter how hungry even. Mine (the bigger one ) you don't hold till she has shed and fed! then she is a big baby!

Just bought double habitat to get them in one room...UPSTAIRS IN THE SPARE ROOM!!! WITH PADLOCKS ON EACH SECTION!!!!!

Sorry...it don't sound like it, but I do like them if they are fed and won't bite! Just like dogs, they have their own quirks lol...
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Re: Visitors in the garden this morning

Post  shannon1 on 4/4/2011, 1:12 am

If I could only find one big enough to keep the coons away I would be a happy camper. ; )
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Re: Visitors in the garden this morning

Post  ashort on 4/4/2011, 1:22 am

This one should do the trick for coons... Good news is that being zone 9a, it could probably live where you are outside year round...

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Post  CindiLou on 4/4/2011, 2:08 am

oookkkk, that is one big snakypoo...Hummm can you say "boots"?
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Re: Visitors in the garden this morning

Post  shannon1 on 4/4/2011, 3:47 am

Wow ashort is that a pet?
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Post  shannon1 on 4/5/2011, 4:58 am

I must have been tierd I ment to ask if that snake is a pet Laughing
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Post  Old Hippie on 4/5/2011, 10:38 am

Wow, Ashort, that is one very beautiful snake. The markings are fantastic! What kind is it?

I like SOME snakes. Don't want any poisonous one though like COBRAS and the only mocassins I want are the kind you wear. My son had a Columbian Red-tailed Boa for several years. They are actually the perfect pet. You only need to feed them once a week or so, they only poop once a week or so, very easy to clean. They do not chew the furniture or bark incessantly when the doorbell rings. You don't have to take them for walks. AND when they get big enough....they will eat the neighbours cats! Twisted Evil

Hopefully we can attract some snakes to our yard. Not that I have trouble with mice or voles but I have read that garter snakes eat slugs. And I would way rather have garter snakes than slugs.

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