The Annals of Country Life: Unexpected Visitor Division

June 2nd, 2015 12 Comments

Snake 005 (Small)

When you live in the country, you have to get used to people dropping by unexpectedly for a visit and a cup of coffee.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh! No no no. He’d have to call first.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If you were outside going in it would be OK you can see the snake. Now if you are inside going out, you could be surprised. S/he is looking in so maybe his/her partner is already in the house.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Luckily in that position the snake can not coil for an affective strike.

    Glad we don’t have too many poisonous snakes here in Wisconsin. I’ve seen a few rattlers over the years, but very rare for my part of the country.

    TD Bauer

  4. Anonymous says:

    Elle est très jolie cette décoration !!!! Hein, ce n’est pas une décoration ? Bon, finalement, je n’aime pas…….. brrrrrr…..

  5. Anonymous says:

    snake “It looks good in there.” “I wonder how I can get in.” “Too bad I don’t have arms or hands I could open this door myself.”

  6. Anonymous says:

    Oh HELL no.

  7. Anonymous says:

    When I saw this it reminded me of a Simon and Simon episode. I don’t remember which one it was. In the beginning of the episode Rick is looking for a snake. AJ asks him what he is doing and he said that he and Carlos went to the dessert to get snakes to sell. At some point AJ climbs on a chair to avoid said snake. Rick finally catches the snake.

  8. Anonymous says:

    So, is that a–whaddya call them out there? Bull Snake? Gopher Snake? Here in the East, we call ’em Pinesnakes–apparently all the same species–I help care for an seriously endangered subspecies at the zoo I work at called Louisiana Pinesnakes. Or maybe something I’m not familiar with? I certainly wouldn’t mind such a neighbor dropping by–I ENCOURAGE my Black Rat Snake and Eastern Kingsnake and other rodent eating snake neighbors–I constantly have to rescue them from my dogs–my Bluetick hound especially is an incorrigible snake killer! He has also been bitten by both a Copperhead and a Timber Rattler–also some of my resident neighbors! He survived, but if anything, it just made him hate snakes the more, alas! And it may be the death of him one day….I DO catch and relocate the rattlers and copperheads to save them AND my dogs!….L.B.

    • In my neck of the woods they are called gopher snakes. They are a good and deserving snake and while they aren’t hard-working enough to make a dent in the (expletive deleted) gopher population, they do a good job of discouraging rattlesnakes. I let all snakes live in peace as a general rule, but on my property, rattlers become an endangered species. Horses, dogs, and rattlers are not a good combination.
      Thank you for the books, L.B.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yer more’n welcome J. P.! Blog Tithes should become common by custom, especially for such well written and entertaining blogs! Computer etiquette is still in it’s early amphibian evolutionary phase at this point, but I think blog tithes would be about as useful, as, say, being able to lay eggs on land!…..Yes, I MUST do SOMETHING when a rattler crawls into one of my extensive, acres-large canine compounds(as a South African friend noted, I don’t have dog pens, but dog PADDOCKS!)–to save the snake and my dogs! Luckily, most of my dogs have sense enough to keep their distance(except for the aforementioned Bluetick!), and there is never any doubt about WHEN I have such a visitor, as there is a canine uproar! And of course it often occurs in the wee hours, getting me out of bed! Most folks around here would just kill the snake, but, unlike your situation, no doubt, Timber Rattlers(our only rattler species here–though on the coastal plain they have Pygmies and a very few Eastern Diamondbacks) are becoming very rare in this part of their range, and I like to try and save all I can–in fact, I use a CAN(a large plastic garbage can kept just for this purpose) to scoop the snakes in and take them for a drive deeper into the National Forest that I live in. A bit more trouble than just whacking them, but you know what the Cherokee say–you kill a rattlesnake, and it’s mate will lay in wait for you–bad medicine! Copperheads are no fun either, but not as serious–I’ve had several dogs, a cat, a goat, and a ferret bitten by Copperheads, and all survived fine–except the ferret never really was the same afterwards……L. B.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hello JP,

    my first thought was it might be a very courteous little snake looking for your permission to catch a few of your ground sqirrels.
    Well… so much for female intuition 😉

    Best wishes


  10. Anonymous says:

    Omg that made my hair stand up!

    Tena French Halifax Nova Scotia Canada

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