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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NIMBY

When I took the pups out last night for their pre-bedtime potty, I looked over at the catiary and saw that Khar'pern was playing with something. At first, I thought a bug had gotten inside and she was tormenting it. Or maybe even a toad. When I walked over to see what it was, I realized she was hissing and pouncing at this:


I firmly believe that snakes have a place in the world. I just as firmly believe that that place is not in my yard, in my catiary, in my house, or anywhere near me, my dogs, or my cats. I don't know what kind of snake it was (waiting on my snake expert to get back to me on that), and it was a little thing, thank goodness, but I still didn't want it in the catiary. You can't really tell from the picture (I was focused more on getting the color than I was the position), but it was holding about half of its body off the ground while it hissed and snapped at Khar. After throwing gently encouraging Khar back into the house, I took a couple of photos for identification purposes, and then I proceeded to hack the snake into multiple pieces with my (what else?) hacksaw. I felt much better after tossing the pieces over the fence into the woods. Now I just have to figure out how the thing slithered into the catiary. I'm thinking there may be a small hole that needs patching...


5 comments:

Schnauzer Days said...

Oh my - that looks like one scary snake, we've never seen one but know for sure our human would freak out! Hope you don't get any more visitors like that! Dex & Louis xxx

Anonymous said...

I'm with you about snakes.....they don't need to be anywhere near any of us!!!! At least Khar was keeping an eye on it....good Khar!!!!! I'm so proud of you......hack away, baby girl, hack away!!!! :)Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

Looks like a rat snake....check out www.ces.ncsu.edu/gaston/pests/reptiles/pages/rat.htm
shows pictures!!!!
:)Love, Mom

nonvenomous

German Shepherd Mom said...

Yeah, I was thinking rat snake, too.

ForPetsSake said...

Pretty sure this is a harmless cornsnake. Totally harmless, but if you don't like snakes, I understand being cautious. They are attracted to any area that has food items - mice, lizards, rats. Won't get big enough to try and eat a cat. Chances are it wouldn't have come back if you had shooed him away...