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Old 08-01-2002, 03:48 AM
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Garden Snakes are DANGEROUS!

Garden Snakes are DANGEROUS!

Green garden grass snakes can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. A couple in Sweetwater, Texas had a lot of potted plants, and during a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze. It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants and when it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa. She let out a very loud scream.

The husband, who was taking a shower, ran out into the living room naked to see what the problem was. She told him there was a snake under the sofa. He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About that time the family dog came and cold nosed him on the rear. He thought the snake had bitten him and he fainted.

His wife thought he had a heart attack, so she called an ambulance. The attendants rushed in and loaded him on the stretcher and started carrying him out.

About that time the snake came out from under the sofa and one of the Emergency Medical Technicians saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. That's when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital. The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a neighbor man. He volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch. Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in relief.

But in relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushion where she felt the snake wriggling around. She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under the sofa, and the neighbor man, seeing her laying there passed out tried to use CPR to revive her. The neighbor's wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery store, saw her husband's mouth on the woman's mouth and slammed her husband on the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.

An ambulance was again called when it was determined that the injury required hospitalization.

The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed he had been bitten by the snake. She went to the kitchen, brought back a small bottle of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man's throat. By now the police had arrived. They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the two women tried to explain how it all happened over a little green snake. The ambulance arrived and took away the neighbor and his sobbing wife. Just then the little snake crawled out from under the couch. One of the policemen drew his gun and fired at it. He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table that was on one side of the sofa. The table fell over and the lamp on it shattered and as the bulb broke, it started a fire in the drapes.

The other policeman tried to beat out the flames and fell through the window into the yard on top of the family dog, who startled, jumped up and raced out into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the parked police car and set it on fire. Meanwhile, the burning drapes had spread to the walls and the entire house was blazing. Neighbors had called the fire department and the arriving fire truck had started raising his ladder when they were halfway down the street. The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires and pulled out the electricity and disconnected telephones in a ten-square city block area. Time passed...

Both men were discharged from the hospital. The house was re-built. The police acquired a new car, and all was right with the world. About a year later the original couple were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The husband asked his wife if she thought they should bring in their plants for the night. She shot him... Author Unknown
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Old 08-01-2002, 03:58 AM
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What a story, Amanda!!!

It caught my attention, as I am petrified of snakes. I don't care if the snake is 6" long!!!!

I'll realy check those outdoor plants of mine before bringing them in, the next cold spell!!!! If we ever get a cold spell!!!!

Thanks for the story!!!

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Old 08-01-2002, 08:48 AM
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That is hilarious! Good Job Amanda!
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Old 03-20-2003, 10:22 AM
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This woman would be me. I HATE snakes and go hysterical when I see one. I have been known to back up again and again in the street to run over them (did this twice while living in Colorado, sure hope they weren't someone's pets gotten loose).
I once saw a baby snake in our garage and flew up the stairs screaming at the top of my lungs then danced around in circles yelling and offering "encouragement" while my dh/brave knight killed it. Turned out to be a baby copperhead!

Another time I saw a HUGE snake slither up our back yard--that thing looked at least 6 feet long and was at least a foot. I was on the phone at the time I saw it, threw the phone and started screaming "SNAAAAAAAKE!!!" My middle dd wo was then a teenager grabbed her shoes and took off but it was gone by the time she got ot there.
Later while moving castle blocks to build a retaining wall around the pool I saw one right where I was putting the block. I threw it and ran screaming the whole way. DH looked for it but couldn't find it. A few days later while relaxing on our thankfully screened in patio I saw it again crawling past on the path outside. DH/brave soldier ran out with a shovel and decapitated it for me while I screamed. He later felt like he had overreacted and maybe the snake was harmless and deserved to live but I reassured him that he had done a GOOD thing.

Once years ago we had 2 cats who were famous (and much appreciated) in the neighborhood for catching and killing these weird little red snakes that we had in our neighborhood in Texas. (We were a military family). They actually brought one into the house once and while I was indisposed on the toilet looked down to see one lying on the floor. I was too scared at the moment to notice that it was already dead. Need I say I screamed that time too? For the rest of the day I went around "seeing" snakes everywhere. A shoe string hanging out of the built in hamper nearly brought on a heart attack.

I HATE snakes!

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Old 03-20-2003, 10:53 AM
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My dad is 58 and he hates snakes. My mom has them in her garden on the rocks and he'll go and take a shovel and chop the heads off (oops sorry any animal rights activists out there).

They're only little ole grass snakes.

We have them once in a while too, I usually scream when I see them, only because it startles me when they move! DH & DS look at me like I'm a freak!
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