Hey Juno LOL, whats wrong with a girl screaming like a Sissy, it's better than seeing a girl scream like a man, that would be kind of creepy. I take it your either a guy who thinks he is super strong or a girl who is a complete tom boy and screams like a man. I don't say this rudely though!
Sorry you had to deal with a snake in your house Sandy, I would have ran screaming bloody murder or I would have went and got my brothers BB gun and hope to God that I have good Aim, which normally I do, but I would be shivering with fear trying to shoot that snake. I am so afraid of spiders, Angel use to save me from that, I used to call her name and she was ready to kill LOL I just wouldn't let Angel lick my face for a while aftedr she ate a spider GROSS, poor Angel loved spiders sooooooooooo much.
If you want to tango with a Mojave green or other rattlers and risk losing your life or a loved one, go right ahead. Most of the snakes I have encountered all look like one of those to me. By the time you can figure out what it is, it can get away and live to strike another day. The only one I could easily identify as being ďsafeď are the king snakes which I left alone. Now I got a whole slew of new snakes I got to worry about here like vipers and cobras. Sorry, not taking a chance with any of them. When in doubt, whack, whack, whack.
It is not about whether I like them or not, it is about real and perceived potential mortal threat. I donít know about you, but I donít want to wait until one of my kids or dogs get bitten before I act and then live with the guilty knowledge that I could have prevented it if only I killed that snake a week before when I had the chance instead of just removing it from my home. Just because you leave it alone and let it live today, doesnít mean it and its buddies wonít come after you tomorrow.
I like to be proactive with and aware of things that can adversely affect me. I routinely seek and squash any black widow spiders I can find. I kill and destroy any wasp nest or bee hive on my property before they get the chance to do any damage (learned that lesson the hard way). I also routinely use pesticides and insecticides in my home and yard before anything can get the chance to get a foothold. Does anyone also have problem with the countless of innocent, mice, rats, spiders, ants, roaches, fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, wasps, bees and many of the other pests that I have killed over the years? I donít. My conscience is clear. I am not sharing my home with anything that could pose a threat. Why should I?
This kind of healthy paranoia is what kept our species from extinction and on top of the food chain. Like it or not, this fight or flight response is in our genes. It would not be wise to ignore this part of natureís programming. You should pay attention to those primal instincts that warn you of potential danger when something creeps you out. Screaming like a sissy and running away is one way to deal with it. But since I am not about to flee my home because of a measly snake, I choose to stay and fight.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
Snakes have never bothered me. When we were growing up the man down the street would help the Detroit Zoo reptile exhibit by babysitting the snakes for a week of so while cages were built etc.
In MI we have the Missasauga Rattler. Very very seldom do you ever hear of someone getting bit. They have rattle at the end of their tails that can be heard for quite a distance and if that doesn't work they try like heck to get away from you, like Pry Mom's they eat rodents, vermin etc.
We have tons of grass or garter snakes in our area. Had a nest full of babies early this spring.
Goes back to you leave them alone they won't bother you, but Sandy I gotta tell you, seeing one in my house would unnerve me!!
See, the problem with those "primal instincts" is that they simply do not exist. Hand a small child a spider or snake and it will happily play with it or simply ignore it unless the child has already been taught to fear it. The fear of snakes and spiders is not an instinct. It is a learned behavior. Another thing, if you get close enough to a rattler to chop it up you are close enough to be bitten. Either stay away, use a broom or call A/C. I'm not saying get all cuddly with something you don't understand but it is terrible for the environment for people to actively kill every critter they don't like, especially animals like bees, spiders and snakes which are all vital for the production of crops, reproduction of other trees/plants and the destruction of pest species. If you want to hate something and kill it on sight hate something like roaches or mosquitoes.
Once again Juno, your perspective on what deserves to live and die is interesting.
Now, I am allergic to bee stings, wasps we don't even want to get into. However, I certainly don't go chasing around after them with a large fly swatter outdoors. I avoid places that I know are likely to have hives and if I see one, I leave it alone. It reciprocates by leaving me alone then going on to pollinate the flowers & crops, then make some honey for my tea.
Forgot to mention, I's sure the beneficial snakes (in the YARD, not in your home) are far safer as a method of pest control for those rodents you mentioned that dumping toxins in and around the area where your children eat, sleep & breathe.
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"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful".
when i was young my grandma would take her trash out back to burn-one time a snake was out there and her dog(a pit bull,very protective of her)knew what to do. he grabbed that snake right behind the head(i think)and shook it till it was dead. do many animals know what to do like that you think? i just thought that interesting. bty-we have copperheads in our area.
I still can't believe Kayla just stood there looking at it and she didn't attempt to pick it up or anything. Being just a puppy, everything is a game to her and she is constantly into something. I am so glad she left it alone. She is so little and the thought of her getting bit would have just killed me. I don't know, like I said, anything about snakes and the thing if you leave them alone they won't bother you would be something I would not trust. When I was a teenager we had a one of the girls bitten on the toe by a rattlesnake on a hiking trip. If it had not been for her boyfrien, now husband, knowing what to do she would probably have died.
So skimming through whatever the rest of all that was, I basically got "blah blah blah snakes suck kill em"... "blah blah blah they suck, you're mean, laws and such"(some garbled misunderstanding and saying basically the same things 8 different ways to stress each sides points)..."blah blah survival!" (a whole lot of thought into words and facts) "no you're wrong, here's why"... *2 years later a troll digs this up from the dead and around we go again WEEEEEEEEHAWWWWW*