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EVIL in the Garden!

Friday, June 14, 2013

We went out to do our usual gardening chores this morning and were checking to see what rows still were in need of soaker hoses to simplify the task; suddenly my husband gave a yell. "its a snake, a great big one!" A 3 foot cotton mouth (water moccasin) came crawling out from under the bean plants and he was not acting happy. Of course he looked just about like a hose lying under the bean plants. www.stateoftheozarks.net/Natur
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I was delegated to watch the critter while Fred went to get something to use to dispose of it; he likes to use the long handled limb cutters. Of course the viper wasn't about to lie still to wait and I absolutely hate to watch them move, especially when I might end up in their path. He did eventually come back and killed it for me. It wasn't happy to die and fought for a good five minutes with it's head caught in the tool!

From now on when I go to pick beans Fred is going to have to go ahead with his snippers to check for snakes and get rid of them. I'm only glad he was checking that row for a black soaker hose (which it did have)!
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JLWOF1 6/15/2013 9:46AM

    We had a snake in our carport not long ago. I went to kill it and it went up in my son's truck. It finally came crawling out through the grill on the front of his truck. Very creepy. Then before I could kill it, he escaped again. Now I hate even going out on my carport, which is a daily thing!

Glad your husband was able to kill yours. Cottonmouths are dangerous snakes. Beware of more. On the bright side, hope your garden is doing well!!!

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LOUIE-LILY 6/14/2013 6:48PM

    Oh my, I hate, hate, hate them . . . all kinds, give me the creeps just seeing them. When I moved down to FL from NYC, I thought I'd have to move back north. I'm a little better but they still creep me out! When I go into the back yard I make a lot of noise to make sure they keep clear of me! YUK - glad your husband was around to get rid of it.
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LIFE-FAITH 6/14/2013 6:22PM

    Continue to be cautious! Take care of yourself!

Jean

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AUNTB63 6/14/2013 6:11PM

    I would not have been so calm....in fact I would probably have "run for the hills". LOL We don't have to worry about snakes, but we do have chipmonks and rabbits that just love our flower gardens. If only they would eat the weeds I could share our gardens....have a great night. emoticon

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MILLIFRED 6/14/2013 3:03PM

    I too am terrified of snakes but am getting somewhat used to them. We have a pond not too far from the garden and Fred and the kids were down there on the four wheeler the other day and spotted one. He thinks this one is a different one though because it was bigger. He tells me it was actually four feet long after it was dead so he could stretch it out!

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SANDICANE 6/14/2013 3:00PM

    oh my gosh! Really, we never know what's going to happen next!!!

Have a great day...now...

Cheers,
Sand
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CLESHER 6/14/2013 1:32PM

    Cotton mouth's are very dangerous...glad you are both okay.....

Also glad you were able to banish the evil...I don't think I would have handled it as well as you did....

Yikes, My mom is absolutely terrified of snakes, lizards and alligators...in fact years back there was a lotion commercial on TV where a lady had an alligator crawling on her...it scarred my Mom so much she actually stopped watching TV for 5 years....no kidding....

TGIF..Thank God for Fred.....

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MNABOY 6/14/2013 1:25PM

    Your garden must be close to a lake or stream? I have found snakes in the yard but all were friendlies. Found some copperheads in the neighborhood but no rattlesnakes. Two summers ago the gas company was replacing the lines in our town and a 1/4 mile from my house the crews found a 7 foot rattlesnake. It was in Crowley's Ridge. We have moles and I want non-poisonous snakes desperately. Would take rattlesnakes, they are very quick to get out of humans way if they can. But I don't want them after they eat the moles.

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