Bossy’s Favorite Things. April 25, 2009 Snakes. Not. Especially sleepy snakes sunning themselves directly in front of the porch door. And Bossy doesn’t care if it is small compared to the ginormous snakes no doubt living directly in front of her readers’ porch doors. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail « Previous Post: Bossy’s Favorite Things.Next Post: » Bossy’s Favorite Things.
Linda_M saysApril 25, 2009 at 10:38 am
Once per year, or so, we find a snake about that size sunning itself on our garage apron. Of course, it’s always a Mojave rattlesnake, and it’s always annoyed at being disturbed. We’ve gotten quite good an encouraging snake departures via a long handled garden shovel. No gloved hands around here!
corrie saysApril 25, 2009 at 10:39 am
This is probably a small snake compared to the ginormous one that under Bossy’s front porch waiting to slither out!
Grandma J saysApril 25, 2009 at 10:55 am
Bossy needs to embrace her inner snake and accept the fact that she has to share her kingdom with mother nature….and snakes.
Well Read Hostess saysApril 25, 2009 at 11:08 am
Well Read Hostess saysApril 25, 2009 at 11:08 am
I’m thinking of getting a mongoose.
ranchgirl saysApril 25, 2009 at 11:13 am
I totally agree with Bossy here. And do you know what important fact I’ve discovered this year? The national forest of Southeastern Arizona is a Very Bad Place To Live for people who prefer to keep their lives snake- and scorpion-free.
BH saysApril 25, 2009 at 11:22 am
Snakes? I LOVE snakes. Poisonous snakes not so much. But teeny little harmless garter snakes that eat the deer tick lyme disease infested mice that live (sometimes in!) and around our little house? You bet!
Plus, I just think they’re cool…
Jeni saysApril 25, 2009 at 12:29 pm
Sunning on your porch? Very unlikely. It was obviously just waiting for a chance to make its move, and eat your entire family while they sleep.
Mel saysApril 25, 2009 at 12:54 pm
It just so happens that David saw our first garter snake of the season. And he touched it. They live in our 300-year-old foundation, and we’re rather fond of them. The good thing about living in Maine is that we really don’t have to worry about venomous snakes at all.
surcie saysApril 25, 2009 at 1:40 pm
I’m skeerd! Somebody’s actually HOLDING that snake!
kristin saysApril 25, 2009 at 1:56 pm
I don’t care how many times my husband tells me there are no poisonous snakes around our house. I’m from Arizona. My only reaction upon seeing a snake, ANY snake of ANY size, is to scream, “AIEEEE, POISON!!” while fleeing.
sevedra saysApril 25, 2009 at 2:30 pm
*shudder* I hate snakes. I am sure they are perfectly reasonable animals with a justifiable position on the food chain, but they wig me out!
Gretchen saysApril 25, 2009 at 2:57 pm
Gloves for a garter snake? Oh my.
kay saysApril 25, 2009 at 2:58 pm
Sure, they SEEM harmless, especially when you use terms like “sleepy snakes sunning themselves…” and they seem all cuddly, like a kitten.
My sons once found a snake, brought him inside to live in a shoebox with holes in the lid, then told me he’d escaped — two days AFTER he was gone.
When they eventually found him (one floor down and the entire length of the house away from where he’d escaped!), they all agreed: He’d GROWN!
Gads. I’m scarred for life. They have their place: nowhere near mine.
Caroline saysApril 25, 2009 at 3:10 pm
When we lived in South Carolina, we found a copperhead on the front porch, and a WATER MOCCASIN IN OUR GARAGE oh my hell!!!
Shortly after THAT, we moved to Hawai`i, where we regularly must dispatch giant cane spiders (the size of your hand!) and giant stinging centipedes (nine inches, a zillion legs, and FAST) and giant B-52 flying bomber cockaroaches. Yikes!!!
BUT NO SNAKES. NONE. EVER. So, YAY!!!
furiousBall saysApril 25, 2009 at 4:31 pm
Bobbie saysApril 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm
There would be a “For Sale” sign in front of my house if I saw that thing on my front porch.
Cactus Petunia saysApril 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm
It sure is a pretty blue color, even if it is a snake.
Melissa saysApril 25, 2009 at 7:06 pm
Snakes are awesome. Especially harmless ones like that one.
carrie saysApril 25, 2009 at 8:46 pm
Beautiful snake. No gloves necessary.
Suzanne saysApril 25, 2009 at 8:53 pm
Beautiful… Why yes, she is (they’re all she’s to me, kinda like boats 🙂 But, Gloves… Why HELL YES. 🙂
Don’t care how purty she is, or if she’s poisonous or not. She still has fangs and it will still hurt when she bites. Snakes do have a place on this planet and it’s as far from me as I can get them.
Square Peg saysApril 26, 2009 at 3:02 am
That picture makes Square Peg want to return to Iceland where there are no such critters (and no bugs, really, either). Bossy scared Square Peg!
lin saysApril 26, 2009 at 6:32 am
Remember all those comments where I was all “I wish I lived with Bossy?” and “I want to be Bossy?” and “I am going to move in with Bossy and pretend to be her third child she didn’t know she had even though we’re approximately the same age?” …uh yeah not so much any more. so think of that snake as a good luck charm
anne marie in philly saysApril 26, 2009 at 9:23 am
we have one just like it who sleeps on our back sidewalk. he is the cutest little guy! and very shy too!
it’s a garter snake; I do not pick mine up; I believe in live and let live.
now, wasps scare the jeepus outta me…
Average Jane saysApril 26, 2009 at 9:40 am
You mean like this one? http://www.flickr.com/photos/averagejane/16776480/
Nance saysApril 26, 2009 at 10:09 am
That is a beautiful snake, and shame on Bossy for casting aspersions on its character. It doesn’t like you any more than you like it, but you don’t see it calling you a stinky primate on its blog, do you?
Gloves are called for when handling garter snakes, because when frightened, they will pee on you. I hope you let it go in peace.
JK saysApril 26, 2009 at 11:40 am
Pssst, Bossy, just between you & me, I think BH is needs a NEW hobby. Building mousetraps comes to mind… Oh, it was kinda funny he wrote that snakes are “cool.” I get it. 😉
Amber Star saysApril 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm
Garter snakes don’t bother me, but the real deal arcen sns
Debby saysApril 26, 2009 at 5:16 pm
Eeegads! What worries me is that is a little guy and it’s spring. Therefore:
1) Where is momma (who is probably A LOT bigger)?, and
2) How many hatch/are born at once (families of snakes???0
Bush Babe of Granite Glen saysApril 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm
Commenter number 2 took the words out of my mouth… so instead I’ll just be utterly predictable and post this link:
Nice pic by the way…love yer work, Sunshine.
Lizzy saysApril 26, 2009 at 8:55 pm
I lurve snakes. Really! I used to have one that ate crickets. Her name was Jennifer. Although, it may have been a pissed off boy named Jennifer. It’s hard to tell, yo.
Dragonwing saysApril 26, 2009 at 8:57 pm
Snakes bother me not at all, nor do bats, reptiles, or most bugs. But show me something with more than six legs and Oh Mylanta you will see me run away faster than Forest Gump.
magpie saysApril 26, 2009 at 9:43 pm
Wow. Since you must have been taking the picture, who was handling the snake?
foolery saysApril 27, 2009 at 12:43 pm
Beautiful. Don’t wanna hold it, or risk stepping on it, but otherwise? Eh, just a critter. A really pretty one.
Reeb saysApril 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm
I love garter snakes. Reminds me of a sunny childhood.
So do toads peeing all over you, from fright or as a deterrent. (#26-Nance, you helped bring this to mind.)
And tadpoles. And horny toads (not lusty amphibians, but marvelous teeny armed vehicles, many sharp points on their heads, in the fields of Oklahoma.) I loved all sorts of critters as a kid.
So who IS holding the snake in the photo? Brave bold BH?
Gretchen saysApril 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm
I was reading the comments and had to comment again – I just remembered finding a snake in my garage in Maryland. I scared that thing so badly when I tried to pick him up to put him outside that he reguritated a frog (whole) he had eaten recently. Now that was gross. The snake wasn’t, the frog was.
rebekah saysApril 27, 2009 at 7:48 pm
You KNOW it’s because their mouths open wide enough to eat you. YES even that tiny one!! Seriously…they are made WRONG!