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Snake Story

Friday, June 14, 2013

We normally have a man who mows our yard but he is on vacation this week so I decided I could do it since we still have our little neutron mower. I did just fine, but while I was mowing yesterday evening, I was pretty sure I saw a snake slither off over our hill. I never saw any more of it so didn't give it any more thought. Tonight I found out that I should have been more concerned!!
Not long after I finished mowing, a friend walked by on the street with his shih-Tzu, Izzie. As they passed the block wall on our hillside a snake attacked Izzie. Ken didn't realize it had actually bit her until later that evening when he found a welt on her neck. He looked it up and decided it was a corn snake which was not poisonous but it sure did cause her a lot of pain. She was restless all night and they said her throat also was swollen. They got her into the vet this morning and a lot of bloodwork was done. She is doing much better this evening and vet says she will be fine but now she is afraid to go out in the grass.
We are going to have to be really careful now in our side yard if this snake is still there as it could attack us or Abbie. Hopefully we can eradicate it if we do encounter it. I would not bother it if it was not aggressive as they are good to keep the mice and other little critters away but do not want to constantly be worried about it. We had one out there a couple of years ago that didn't run away, just kept coming at us so.....you know what happened to it!
I am thankful Izzie will be ok and that Abbie didn't go out there while I was mowing. I have lots of trimming I do in that area so now I am going to have to be extra careful when I do that!
Ahhh, the joys of living in Florida.
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    I have had my snake encounters.Luckily, nothing has happened to me.

    I hope you can get the trimming done with no mishaps. Chris
    2799 days ago
    Wow, I hate snakes!!!!! Be careful!!!! emoticon
    2806 days ago
    I am glad everyone is ok!!!! I have snakes to but they burrow when they see us coming. Non poisonous too. "Texas brown snake" I think.
    Good luck on your bathroom remodel !!!!! I think mine will wrap up tonight or tomorrow
    2812 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13590869
    Be careful! I hate snake!
    2813 days ago
    Sorry for the scare.

    I have swam with copper heads and water moccasins

    sunning on the shore all around, killed so many snakes

    that do hurt when they bite... However, the non poisonous

    snakes are smarter then the biters and can be sneakier.

    With that said as he knocks on wood no bites yet. emoticon
    2813 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Yikes! The only snakes I ever see are garter snakes, and they're harmless.
    Hope your snake just decides to move to a less busy place:)
    Take care
    2813 days ago
    I don't think I'd ever mow that area again until I was sure the snake was gone! I hate snakes! Sure glad Izzie will be OK and that neither you nor Abbie was bitten. Have a great week and look out for that snake!
    2813 days ago
    Glad Izzie is O.K. Hope the snake doesn't come near you or Abbie.
    2813 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8667808
    Oh no! I'm so glad everyone, including Izzie is ok. I think they're fascinating creatures, but from a great distance.
    2814 days ago
    Kind of scary if they attack. Guess they want you to leave the grass alone. Keep your eyes open and hope it has moved on.
    2814 days ago
    We used to have property on the peninsular in WA. The garter snakes there are abundant and large. When we would mow the "Field" the lawnmower would make them come out as it passed over and their heads would get chopped up. It's amazing we never got bit cuz not all of them would get chopped up and we realized afterward that we were walking over the holes after we irritated them out of their holes. We never got rid of them but we never got bit either. I'm not afraid of them, but I don't like being around them and I don't like having to mow the area. Now someone else has to worry about it as we sold it. The snakes were free and non poisonous. emoticon
    2814 days ago
    I am relieved that Izzie is okay and glad that it didn't happen to you and Abbie. Be careful and carry a BIG stick as they say.
    2814 days ago
    Pat I would freak out if I saw a snake of any kind. And for it to be aggressive would worry me. Please be extra careful. I don't consider any snake to be friendly.

    Take care.
    2814 days ago
  • GINA180847
    I had never heard of a corn snake before but now I have. When I was in Baja I almost walked into a rattlesnake and thank goodness it rattled so I was able to walk away.
    2814 days ago
  • no profile photo AUSTRALIA55
    At least it was only a corn snake.
    2814 days ago
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