Snakes

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    Frank's thread about finding a snake made me realize that I have seen only one snake in the eighteen years that I've been in Maine. I know we have snakes in Maine, although no venomous ones, ordinarily, but I haven't come across any, other than that one.

    For the more than twenty years that I was in Texas, I saw only one snake. Hearing my neighbor's daughter screaming, I went to help and found a rattlesnake coiled up by their front door. She was home alone, with a friend her age, so I ran it off using a cane, and then killed it. I was just going to run it off because I didn't really want to kill it. However, the girl was only eleven or twelve and was home alone with a friend the same age, and I didn't want to find later that it had come back and bitten one of them.

    When I was in California, I lived on the grounds of a horse stable near Corona for a year or two and would see a lot of rattlesnakes while I was there.

    Overall though, I am not seeing many snakes. Are there fewer snakes today or is it because I am no longer a kid, overturning logs and rocks and stuff? We didn't have any venomous ones in Michigan but I would see snakes a lot when I was a kid.

    I am not overly afraid of snakes. They're kind of creepy when there are a lot of them but, on a one-to-one basis, snakes are okay. When I was a kid, my cousins and I went into the barn of a vacant house, where there were a lot of very old bales of hay. As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I realized there were pine snakes everywhere. They were slithering on the floor, in and on the bales of hay, and hanging from the rafters. That was creepy.
     
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    Ive seen a few by my daughter's house...even a rattler.

    They live in an area that has lots of canyons behind them....you'll see an occasional bobcat also.

    The most snakes I ever saw were in Illinois in a house we had near the Fox River but those where harmless snakes but gave me the creeps anyway.

    You'd always run over a few when mowing the lawn.

    There are rattle snakes in Fresno but not in the subdivisions thank goodness but Ive heard there's plenty in nearby foothills.
     
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    As a newcomer to the Desert Southwest, i soon discovered the Red Rocks area west of Las Vegas. After leaving the service station one afternoon in the capable hands of my two high school senior employees, I ventured out for a hike. In a wash, I heard, then saw, a small Rattlesnake, perhaps two feet long. Managed to capture it, took it back to our apartment, put it in the bathtub, which safely contained it. Upon my wife returning home, I anxiously took her in the bathroom.

    Her reaction, I'll not discuss! Snake quickly was released back in the desert!
    Frank
     
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    We are lucky here we have two snakes both constrictors nonpoisonous. There is a green tree snake that is so well camouflaged that unless you see the head or if he is on something that is not green you would miss him/her.
    The other is different grades of brown and can get quite large I have seen 7 foot long ones but I guess they get bigger. Never hear of any hurting anyone. Friend brought one up to the house about 6-7 feet long and thought he would get a reaction my daughter about 8 at the time walked out and started touching it without any help.
     
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    When we lived in Nevada, my son’s mother had a terrarium of sorts loaded with scorpions and a couple of sidewinders.
    She wasn’t afraid of the things and even played with the critters but then again, except for when she realized she was pregnant, a bottle of vodka was always close at hand.
     
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    Wife and I were walking to our vehicle, parked in the Contestant Parking Lot at a rodeo, when I happen to look down in front of us and seen this snake slithering thru the grass in front of us. It was going away from us, but when I noticed it, I grabbed my wife's arm and we switched directions the snake was going. We went another way to get to our vehicle, but didn't see the snake after we turned about from following it.
     
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    Years back a good friend of mine worked for the city Parks and Recreation. One day he came to my house with a huge snake in an aquarium with the whole snake habitat. I was like - "What the ..." He wanted to keep it at my house couple of days before a showing at one of the recreational centers close by. Did I like the idea, not really but I said okay. It never left the house as soon as I expected it to. Then my friend came over with a couple of mice and I said, "Oh, no, no, no." "Take it away..." was a start of a very heated arguement.
     
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  8. Don Alaska

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    For a number of years, I had a Common Boa as a pet. She travelled a lot of places with me--even a road trip across the U.S. for a month. I tired of having her around and gave her away in Minneapolis and replaced her with a large dog--which I had for 15 years until his death. No particular fear of snakes, but there are no snakes in this part of Alaska except those kept in captivity. We had lots of snakes in South Georgia when I lived there, but none spooked me other that the Cottonmouth Water Moccasin. When canoeing, the snakes would actively pursue the craft and sometimes crawl over the side where it was bonked with a paddle.
     
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    Another Desert Denizen, though rarely seen, the Gila Monster is the only venemous lizard found in the United States. They are fairly large, ~ 2 feet long, I believe, and generally move about sluggishly, unlike the commoner, small lizards such as the Whip-tail, which actually can run very fast, on it's hind feet only!



    Here is a whip-tail running, with detailed analysis of it's abilities. We've watched them in and about our gardens and plants for years both in Phoenix and here in Fort Mohave. They are excellent insect-eaters,

     
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  10. Ken Anderson

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    No snakes in this picture but since I came across this old photo of myself in the canyons near Corona, I thought I'd post it here. It's not a great picture but, as you can see, my beard used to be dark although my hair has always been blond. Rattlesnakes were thick there. In the canyons that is, not my beard.

    ken-canyons.jpg
     
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    My late sister had a large boa constrictor, very calm, that enjoyed being handled.

    One Halloween, I was togged out in an elaborate outfit I had picked up in Morocco and borrowed the snake to drape around my shoulders. Since it was so calm, a lot of people thought it was a fake snake until they got close and saw it moving.

    I've never seen a room clear out that fast...…..
     
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