Thursday, June 4, 2009

They Got Their Chance...

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...to rescue us that is. And boy was I glad! Tommy did not believe that the girls had seen a "huge snake". I don't think the boys believed them either. Those of us that saw their pale faces and their little trembling selves did though. We all chose to believe that the snake was just passing through and not living in the bush outside of our garage or we would not have wanted to go outside ever again :)

We were sitting in the garage yesterday evening watching heavy rain fall as a storm passed over and discussing our disappointment of another game cancellation. All of sudden, my husband's clip board full of game plans goes flying along with his lawn chair and he jumped back, I mean jumped in between me and a huge snake that came out from under the bush just outside of the garage. After a second to collect himself, he did grab a hockey stick and thankfully Jacob was not afraid to help and the two of them wrangled him into a bucket. Jacob was very brave, and did not seem afraid at all. He is the one in the video picking up the snake, playing with it, and then putting it into the bucket. He watched a LOT of Crocodile Hunter growing up and loves Survivor Man too.

Now much to my disappointment, we could not kill a "good snake". So, after tiring him out and letting everyone inspect it as much as they cared to, everyone (except me and Rose) took him to some nearby woods and let him go. Hopefully, never to return. Please don't tell me if you think it's possible that a wayward snake can find his way back "home" . You know like the stories you hear of dogs and cats traveling miles and finding their way back. I really wish the poor creature no harm, I just don't want to share my yard with him ;)

And like any good homeschooling family, we did some research about local snakes. We discovered that our snake is a rat snake. The only kind of snake in Virginia that grows over six feet in length. If your curious and want to see lots of neat snake pictures check out The Virginia Herpetological Society. Even the pictures give me the "willies".

5 comments:

Tisha said...

OH MY WORD MONICA. I would of DIED. I H-A-T-E snakes! I am glad that everyone is ok. Is a rat snake poisonous? I will not be able to see the neat snake pictures. Even the thought of looking at them gives me the willies! :)

Monica said...

No, they are not poisonous. They are listed as harmless. Tisha I'm with you and would consider all snakes harmful, just simply because of the affect they have on my heart!!!
There are only 3 poisonous snakes in VA. Rattlesnakes, cottenmouth, and copperheads.
Another "quick" snake story. I was nine months pregnant with Jacob and Tommy and I walked right past a rattlesnake coiled on his Dad's rock wall lining his driveway. Tommy said watch it while I go get my gun. Thankfully he never moved and Tommy killed that one. It was also huge!
Shiver, shiver. I have chills as I type!

Monica said...

Okay, I'm laughing at Tisha's comment because I saw her reaction (and joined her) when a albino lizard thing leaped out of our friend's hand.

Wow, I'm surprised that the girls haven't been having bad dreams- I would have.

Anonymous said...

YOU WON, MY COURIOUS MIND COULD NOT GO ANY LONGER!!
OH MY!! I WOULD HAVE D-I-E-D IN MY TRACKS!!
I HOPE IT NEVER RETURNS!!
IF I WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN THERE TO SAVE ANYONE, W-E-L-LLLLL LETS JUST SAY I'M GLAD EVERYONE IS OK!!
I LOVE YOU!
THANK YOU JACOB! YOU ARE MY HERO!
AS FAR AS ANY SNAKE PICTURES, NO THANKS.
LOVE
NANA

50s Housewife said...

Oh my!!! How scary! Glad the snake was not poisonous.