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Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Visitor to our Garden

Our garden had a visitor today. A long, sleek black snake. My son noticed it while cutting grass around the vegetable garden.


This is the first one I've seen on our property this year.
Andrew decided to take it for a little trip down the hill to the creek.




Isn't he pretty? But, I think I would have lost my cool if he wound himself around my hand like that. I don't like snakes! Since he wasn't poisonous we decided not to kill it, just transplant him to another location. I don't want him slithering into our building or blackberry patch. One year I reached my hand into the berry patch and a huge snake was laying on the middle board of our blackberry trellis. Boy, did I pull my hand back quick! I don't like those kind of surprises.


We let him go into this clump of flowers on the edge of the creek.


Have you seen any snakes this year?

10 comments:

  1. I'm with you--we don't kill the nonpoisonous ones if we can help it. Our usual black snake is in the chicken house again this year, and we've seen a few on the road, but not too many. The only posionous one so far was that rattlesnake up at Dolly Sods and that's far away!

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  2. We killed a water moccasin in the pond about a month ago! So far that is it but we were just saying yesterday that as hot and dry as it is, we need to look out as they will be hunting water!

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  3. Janet: Those snakes are not something I like to have around. They can stay in the woods.

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  4. Hi Janet
    Its me just little ole pat in weston ,I jusr read your blog about the snake, I am deathly afraid of snakes if a garter snake would bite me I would die, I can't even touch material that looks like snakes Ive been afraid since childhood.

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  5. So far, only black snakes. We don't kill those either. They keep the poisonous ones away. Although, I am picky about where I let them stay. I don't like getting startled by them.
    I'm surprised he caught it by the head. We usually catch them by the tail.

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  6. I can't believe you let Andrew pick that thing up..........

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  7. I have lived here for 18 years and have never seen a snake..I did see a long black one laying in the road a few weeks ago on my way to Roane County.

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  8. I try to have an agreement with the snakes around here, you stay away from me, I'll stay away from you. Usually it works:)

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  9. Sunday-we had a black snake the porch!

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  10. That's sweet that yall didn't kill it. :)

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