Snakes!!

snake peeking at me - This was one of many I saw at the edge of the river we went tubing at. He wasn't very afraid that's for sure. We got out of there after we saw snakes. The other one we saw was posionous but this guy wasn't.
@JenInTN (27545)
United States
July 1, 2009 6:40am CST
There have been more snakes around my area than there have been for a long time. At least that I've seen. We went tubing a couple of weeks ago and I got pretty roughed up on the first trip down the river so I decided once was enough for me that day..lol..while I was waiting with my camera to take pictures of my kids..guess who popped their head over the side of the exit patio!
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@pergammano (7690)
• Canada
1 Jul 09
Goodness snakes...YES, my summer is quite slithery...they seem to be residing everywhere this year! I am slowly in my old age, getting rid of my paranoia's about that cold ... cold friend of Mother Natures! But I am also finding, here, in the Gulf Islands...that it is a "buggy" year, too! Lot's more wasps, mosquitoes, flys, etc....BUT also, a lot more swallows, robins, dragonflys..and SNAKES! Usually after we have a winter like last (coldest, snowiest since I have lived here---30 years) there is a demise in lots of these creatures...NOT this year! This is Canada Day...so am taking the rest of the day OFF! Went to work at 3:30 this morn, so done for the day...let the lawns grow, I'm putting my feet up...and maybe some Cheers!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
1 Jul 09
u deserve a day off, enjoy.
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
1 Jul 09
Good for you! Like Jo said..you need a day off! I think it's because of the rain that I am seeing more of everything...bugs and such included. Three have even been trails in our mountains closed because the bear population is doing so well this year. Thanks for responding my friend and get some rest!
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
1 Jul 09
I thought tubing was supposed to be gentle and relaxing. How did you get so roughed up? I've been wanting to go tubing but not if I'm going to get injured. So what did you do when you saw the snake? I don't know if I would be able to remain calm. We don't have them around here but I have seen them before on different vacations and camping trips that I have taken in the past.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
1 Jul 09
OMGODH, DID u jump back in/ tHINK I WOULD HAVE. They are bad here to. i have a friend that lives in the country & she has been fighting them all summer. The last one she killed was about 5' long & she said it was as big around as the top of her arm. Needless to say she is ready to move, I don'tblame her. My friend in texas was talking about how bad they were there to. U BE CAREFUL.
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
1 Jul 09
I was a little nervous umtil I saw it was a black snake..lol..I got out of there fast when I saw the cotton mouths..no pictures of those. Thanks for the response.
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@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
1 Jul 09
Creepy, we have a snake problem here too. With us it's moccasins and rattlesnakes. Husband came in two-weeks ago and told me to call the dogs, there was a big moccasin by the front-steps. Sure enough, there lay a cotton mouth. I find helpful tips and stuff on a site called 'ThriftyFun', you don't get paid or anything. One day I was scrolling around and found a tip where this woman (I think it was a woman) said her dad sprayed the perimeter of the property with turpentine and although they live in snake country, they never had a snake near their home. I thought about trying it myself, couldn't hurt.
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
1 Jul 09
Those are the snakes we have here too. The one in the picture is just a blakesnake. Noway I was sticking wround to take a picture of the water moccasins..lol..we were ouy of there after I saw those. Thanks for the response.
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@savypat (20244)
• United States
1 Jul 09
We seem to have our usual population of snakes, I like them because they help to keep the rodents down. The ones around the house are not poisonous. We do have an occasional rattle snake, but they stay in the rocks where it is safer for them. Snaked here don't bother me as long as i see them first.
@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
1 Jul 09
Yes..this one was a black snake which is very good. I did see some cotton mouths but we got out of there after that. We've had a lot more rain than we have had for a long time and I wonder if that's not why. Thanks for the response.
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@rdadey (484)
• Canada
7 Jul 09
There are no snakes here where I live, not even garter snakes. Unless you count the two legged ones...LOL. The only snake I saw in the wild was a garter snake in Nova Scotia and it put up a fight when I tried to catch it. I got him in a fish tank, no water, but he wasn't happy and I let him go. I did have a 5ft Boa that I got off someone but he was hard to handle and even though the kids liked him I ended up giving him away. It must be unnerving to have many around where you live, especially if you have kids who play a lot outside.
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
8 Jul 09
It's not as bad as you might think. When are around things and know they are there all your life..you don't really think of it all the time. There are things we are taught as children to avoid them or getting bit. Thanks for the response.
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@rdadey (484)
• Canada
9 Jul 09
I know what you mean, as children we are taught to stay away from anything that might bite you. I never had much to worry about as a kid that way, there was never anything lurking in the shadows that would hurt us. If you did get bit or stung by anything it was your own fault because you had to be up to no good. Only thing that really freaked me out is timber flies, they're bad and I've seen construction sites come to a halt when one was flying around until someone killed it.
@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
9 Jul 09
A timber fly? Wow..what's that? I have never heard of it. Got a pic? If not I'll have to research that one..lol..We have these nasty little yellow jacket bees that are really small but attack in swarms. They live in the ground and I just found out last year that their underground nests can ne as big as a Volkswagon.
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@celticeagle (124400)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jul 09
I think that would put a real damper on my fun. I get pretty nervous when there are snakes around. Especially when my kids are close. Ugh!
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
1 Jul 09
I know..I got them out of there when I realized there were so many. I don't think the others tubing realized. It's most important to stay away from the shore when tubing in any river. Until you reach your exit point. That was a black snake so it wasn't a big deal but when I saw the cotton mouths..we were out of there. Thanks for the response.
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@celticeagle (124400)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jul 09
I was traveling once years ago now and had to stop at a round side potty. I don't usually but this was an emergency. Too much coffee probably. But I hurried into the woman's room and was met by three snakes. I hurried right back out and waited til we hit the next town. Oh my gosh! I will never forget that. Rattlers! You would think I would have had an accident but I didn't. Teehee.
@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
2 Jul 09
Oh my! I would have got out of there too!
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@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
2 Jul 09
OMG! You take care dear. I haven't seen a snake except in the zoo. But my mom has bad experiences with them. They could be deadly and docile both. But, I am really scared of them.
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
2 Jul 09
They can be very scary. Growing up with them being very common, I was taught to be able to tell the dangerous ones from the safe ones. We have a snake here called the Black racer snake. He stands up and chases you...he's not poisonous nor aggressive..if you stop running...he'll just race past you..lol..scare the life out of you though. There are dangerous ones here to watch for to though. Thanks for responding.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
2 Jul 09
Black racer is then good for keeping you on feet. A good exercise stuff! lol.. I think, I wouldn't mind friendly snakes. But how do you tell a poisonous from a safe one?
@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
2 Jul 09
Well..my grandparents taught me what snakes were common to our region and little tricks to stay safe. Like...smelling cucumbers in the woods is a sign there is a rattlesnake very close. You can tell by the shape of their head too. Their colors. Any snake that is strange to you should never be approached. This guy was a black garden snake and very safe..the racers look alot like them. They would be good to stay in shape if you run into them..lol.
@emilie2300 (1889)
• United States
1 Jul 09
Snake Peeper LOL.. Hi Jen. Snakes have been around and out latley since it has been raining not sure if it has been over your way. But last year at the daycare that I work at I caught 3 snakes in the same day for the kids to look at then we set them free. It was funny cause every one was so shocked that I captured them and touched them.. Just recently it rained big time here and there were snakes out again. And the kids were on the deck and the kids saw a salamader and said go get me and I tried to pick it up but it was slittery. I was mad that I couldnt get it for them...
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
1 Jul 09
I could have used a good snake catcher then..lol..I'll photo them but I'm not much for catching them..lol. I do think it's the rain that has made them come out so much. It's been a long time since I have seen so many.
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• United States
5 Jul 09
I would have caught them for my daycare kids LOL. I could of never imagine picking up snakes either. but am part tom boy LOL
@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
6 Jul 09
@djonghs (560)
• Indonesia
9 Jul 09
I have the same situation as yours, sometime it is a poisonous snake such as cobra and it is give no choice to kill them on the spot since I have a little daughter at home and many other kids play around the area. BR.b
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Cobras!!! Oh my! I don't have anything nearly as dangerous as that in my area. Even our poisonous snakes are not as deadly as those! I heard they spit..do they? Thanks for the response!
@suzzy3 (8349)
6 Jul 09
We don't see many snakes in England but we do have slow worms a bit like a snake and nothing like a worm ,much fatter and they do slither under ground,I am really pleased as they clear up the pests from flower beds.I have made a log pile up the end of the garden and I think natural habitate will encourage them more,they don't bite or do any harm at all.As for dangerous snakes we do have adders but I have never come across one,grass snakes as well live in long grass but I have never come across one of those either.Watch were you put your feet.
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
6 Jul 09
Hi suzzy! Yes indded watch where we put our feet. I have never heard of a slow worm...hmm..I will have to check that out! You don't have any pictures of one do you? Thanks for the response.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
6 Jul 09
Fortunately I do not see snakes up close very often. Most of the time when I saw snakes they were across the roads out in the country where I used to live. They were really long black snakes.
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
6 Jul 09
Hi lilybug! Black snakes do get very big! I have seen them before that I thought they were hoses at first..lol..Thanks for the response.
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
2 Jul 09
I'm not terribly afraid of snakes but I would prefer they keep their distance! We have snakes around here, or so I've been told. Living on a lake, we have some snakes, supposedly, living in and around the cattails growing beside the lake. I haven't seen any (knock on wood) but I do steer clear of those cattails now! The first year we lived here, I picked some of them to use in dried flower arrangements. (You have to spray them with many layers of clear enamel or they'll 'explode' from the heat of your house. I learned that the hard way. LOL That's the way they spread their seeds.) Anyway, I won't be collecting any more cattails, not unless I'm in a boat on the other side of them, away from the ground where the snakes hang out. I used to go fishing on a river in Maryland. It was a heavily wooded area and I would sometimes see a snake high tailing it outta there when I got near. They really are more scared of us than we are of them. It's only when they feel threatened or trapped that they attack. But, I'll never get close enough to them to put that statement to the test! At least, I hope I won't! We have a lot of woods here on our property and I do occasionally walk through them. However, if I hear ANYTHING underneath the leaves or behind a bush, I'll do an abrupt about-face!
@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
3 Jul 09
LOL..I do the about face too. I don't want to test an theories about snakes either. I remember being a little girl and my grandfather sitting on the patio where we used to live. There was a creek that run by the house and at certain times of the year he would shot them from there with a little 22. He hated snakes. I have found that it is illegal to kill snakes here in my state. Even the posionous ones.
@krajibg (11932)
• Guwahati, India
2 Jul 09
Hi Jen, Why did not you grab one of them? To be frank I too have snakes around my campus but that are harmless.
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
2 Jul 09
I like them to have their space and me..mine...lol. We can be curious about one another and still give each other our space..He wasn't a dangerous one..the ones I saw come out of the water..well..their a little different. Thanks for responding.
@shibham (17019)
• India
2 Jul 09
oh jenin. snake is highly rare in my area. i seldom watch a snake crawling in front of me. unfortunatly i killed more than three snakes by my bike. but it was just accidents. from that time i have seen snakes for two or three times( i have forgotten) now i am accusing of myself for the rarity of snakes. but i know it is not the actual matter. our environment does not support them.( it may be the cause). anyway i am regretting for those accidents still today. how are your little daughter? does not she love snake as well as turtle? hehehe. god bless her. thanks jenin.
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
2 Jul 09
Hi shibham! LOL..maybe not as much as the turtle but still very curious of them. Glad she was coming down the river on a tube instead of there with me. She was very eager to see. We did get out of there when we saw the dangerous ones but the guy in the pic is pretty harmless. It's definately not your fault about the rarity of snakes..your right//some environments don't support them. Take care my friend.
@chileman (968)
• Australia
2 Jul 09
Hi Jen, where are you from? Here in Sydney Australia we are near the bush and there are stacks of snakes we see all the time. Some of them like the tree snake are harmless and good, the red belly black snake though gives me the shakes, I have a chair on the front steps and if I see one I hurl the chair at it. But seriously, most snakes if not all are more scared of us than we are of them!
@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
2 Jul 09
I'm in mountainous areas of the US..Eastern side. LOL@ hurling a chair..I bet they do get a lot bigger there in Australia. That one in the picture was a peeper..he was just curious. The ones from the water though..now that's a different story. They can also be very aggressive during their mating season. No swimming in that time. Thanks for responding.
@lingli_78 (12834)
• Australia
1 Jul 09
yuckkk... i am so afraid of snake and if i see one, i think i will jump and shout really really loud... so far, fortunately i never have to encounter one in my area... the worst animal i had seen here is mouse... and even that i am already scared... take care and have a nice day...
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
2 Jul 09
LOL..hi lingli! I'm glad you haven't had to run into a snake. They can be scary even if your used to seeing them sometimes. Thanks for the response.
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• United States
1 Jul 09
Snakes creep me out so bad, my skin crawls every time I look or even think about a snake. I hate them I will be happy if I never encounter one in my whole life. I think they are a evil creature... oooooh I don't like them.
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
2 Jul 09
LOL...hi AcousticSoul! There are a lot of people that feel that way. This one is actually good to have around though. It keeps vermin and posionous snakes away. They are still creepy and I don't want to be to close. Thanks for reponding.
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@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jul 09
Doesn't look poisonous. If I KNOW they're not poisonous, I'm OK with snakes. The only venomous ones we have here are rattlers.
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
1 Jul 09
No.. it wasn't. It was a black snake. Noway I would try and get that close to a posionous one..lol..I saw the cotton mouths and I was out of there. I actually wanted a picture but he crawled out of the river and into the bush..I was afraid to get to close.Thanks for responding.
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@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
1 Jul 09
I've seen a lot more snakes around in the last two months than usual. We had a very wet cold winter and I think that the snakes, along with lots of other creatures, came out much later than usual but seem to be much more prolific than usual too. This is the first time I have actually taken precautions to keep snakes away from the house having found one inside a couple of weeks ago. We have some poisonous ones in this area so have to be careful. We've heard a lot more rustlings in the vegetation on the side of the lanes this year and often see snakes slithering away. Scary!
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@JenInTN (27545)
• United States
1 Jul 09
It can be scary with the posionous ones. We have cotton mouths and rattlesnakes here. The black snake in the picture is actually good to help keep those away. I had a couple living the tree outside my house and I hated seeing them. They are scary. Take care.
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