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experience with them, fear of them, and so on.

monsanto and yanni (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 26 June 2005 02:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I like 'em, always wanted one, but my mother had a pathological fear. By the time I was out on my own we had cats, and having a snake seemed like a bad idea.

Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Sunday, 26 June 2005 02:30 (sixteen years ago) link

snakes can bite obv, but they can't chew. they can only swallow whole. michael moore's pets or meat (the follow-up to roger and me) has a scene where a snake swallows a rabbit in one gulp.

monsanto and yanni (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 26 June 2005 02:33 (sixteen years ago) link

better than spiders.

Kim (Kim), Sunday, 26 June 2005 03:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I used to feed mice and voles to Black Rat and lesser reptiles & ambhibians snakes for a job. It wasn't bad. The I graduated to cooler snakes, like the Eastern Hognose, Scarlet King Snake, and Cottonmouth Water Moccassin (those are scary as shit!) and Indigo Snakes. I was actually bitten by a bunch of times by a member of this last species (non-venomous, and very docile) while giving a lecture on snake-handling and safety.

Remy (x Jeremy), Sunday, 26 June 2005 03:45 (sixteen years ago) link

coolest/friendliest one i've held was an young albino corn snake, all white w/ bright red beady eyes.

Ô¿Ô (eman), Sunday, 26 June 2005 03:51 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm scared of them, but I love watching them when they can't get at me - TV, zoos. I was very nervous walking through woods in Orissa, India, once, as various drivers and so on had frequently pointed at holes in termite mounds in the area to tell me that they would be where cobras lived. They're about the scariest snakes of all, and I can't imagine how I'd have coped with seeing one in the wild.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 26 June 2005 06:54 (sixteen years ago) link

i'm terrified of them. one of my cousins ran over one once and it flicked up into the motor of her car and jumped out when she stopped and opened the door. there are a lot of highly venomous snakes around where i grew up so we were always drilled with not walking in long grass, taking care near waterholes and wetlands, that sort of thing. rustling in the grass next to a footpath can scare the crap out of me.

gem (trisk), Sunday, 26 June 2005 06:58 (sixteen years ago) link

if we're talking mini-pythons, or garter snakes, or just about anything on the smaller scale other than poisonous snakes like rattlesnakes or cobras, then I love them! It's really calming to have a small python just crawl around you.

donut e-go (donut), Sunday, 26 June 2005 07:22 (sixteen years ago) link

ew donut that would do the exact opposite of calming me

gem (trisk), Sunday, 26 June 2005 07:25 (sixteen years ago) link

I like them in general, only seen a few in the foothills near my house, no stories. I remember a garter snake showed up in the ivy at my elementary school and caused all manner of chaos. Did see(and hear) a rattlesnake once on a hike right on the side of the trail, end of hike obviously but they're pretty rare here.

tremendoid (tremendoid), Sunday, 26 June 2005 07:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Got bitten by a rattlesnake when I was younger. Still like snakes though.

Aramyr, Sunday, 26 June 2005 07:45 (sixteen years ago) link

was it scary, when you were bitten?

monsanto and yanni (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 26 June 2005 08:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Hmm..well, I was young enough that I hadn't quite acquired the same fear of mortal wounds as I have now. And once the poison really kicked in, I was very, very out of it for about a week.

My hand ballooned to comical sizes and turned a nasty blackish color, and I had horrible streaks of bruising all up my arm past the elbow. Shoulda taken pictures, in retrospect, but at the time I was in no mood for such things.

Aramyr, Sunday, 26 June 2005 09:21 (sixteen years ago) link

i ran over a garter snake with the lawn mower once.

g e o f f (gcannon), Sunday, 26 June 2005 10:14 (sixteen years ago) link

so i guess we're even, the snakes and us.

g e o f f (gcannon), Sunday, 26 June 2005 10:14 (sixteen years ago) link

I had a garter snake when I was a kid. It was really sweet-natured, and used to do stuff like crawl up you, curl up and make a nest in your hair. However, it was also a master escapologist in a house where we also had a cat, and ended up getting swiped at a lot. Once the cat actually hit it, we took it to the vet but it wasn't healthy. After a few days it stopped moving. So we put it in a cardboard box, dug a hole in the garden, performed a little funeral ceremony and were about to lower it in when we realised that it was still alive. It was just a couple of seconds away from a very Edgar Allen Poe ending.

Don't think I could handle a larger/venomous one, though.

emil.y (emil.y), Sunday, 26 June 2005 10:15 (sixteen years ago) link

My family used to own two Solomon Island boa constrictors and a corn snake when I was little. I've no problem with snakes in consequence.

Ian Riese-Moraine eats nation-states for breakfast! (Eastern Mantra), Sunday, 26 June 2005 17:02 (sixteen years ago) link

supposedly i'm a snake

dahlin (dahlin), Sunday, 26 June 2005 17:23 (sixteen years ago) link

i really hate snakes. yucky.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Sunday, 26 June 2005 17:36 (sixteen years ago) link

don't let what paula abdul sats affect your view of yourself, dahlin.

oops (Oops), Monday, 27 June 2005 03:46 (sixteen years ago) link

My ex-roomie had a three foot boa constrictor named 'Bo' that would regularly escape his tank. We'd find him around the house, often behind the fridge or wrapped in back of my computer (they look for warmth); he'd go awol for a few weeks then turn back up. Then, one day I asked the roomie where the snake was, hadn't seen him in a long while and he replied "he's been missing for three months now. I think he's gone for good." I made a point not to mention this when I had girls over or to the downstairs neighbors/landlords, who had a baby or two.

Never did see that snake again. We moved out about two years ago now; here's hoping he never came back.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Monday, 27 June 2005 04:22 (sixteen years ago) link

my friend had a boa, too, who also would get loose and come back. broke out during winter once though and that was the end of him.
same friend also had a huge, ornery iguana who would remain motionless 99% of the time. He wasn't in a cage, just sitting there on a fake tree/rock habitat. His room is where we'd all go to get fucked during HS, since he was the one with the mom who didn't give a shit what we did. So you'd be high as hell sitting a foot away from Mr. Huge Scary Iguana, all but oblivious to his prescence since he almost never moved and then AAAAH he'd make a lightning quick move and jump into your lap. He'd escape often, too. One time returned, minus a hand. Then eventually succumbed to the climate during a winter escape.

oops (Oops), Monday, 27 June 2005 04:36 (sixteen years ago) link

iguanas are totally not scary! they're adorable!

monsanto and yanni (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 27 June 2005 04:39 (sixteen years ago) link

dude this one was huge and had a bad temper. my other friend's sister is a total petaholic, had several iguanas over the years, and, yes, they were all adorable.

oops (Oops), Monday, 27 June 2005 04:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes, one of the coolest things about the ruins at Tulum in Mexico were the wild iguanas scampering all over!

Aramyr, Monday, 27 June 2005 04:47 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Hi dere I have snake story. It comes from the proverbial friend of a friend. Can someone either back me up on it or call me dumb as a box of hair for believing it?

Lady has huge, as in person-length, pet adder which she keeps in her house and is very playful etc with, to the extent of letting it sleep in her bed. All is well until it stops eating the mice and whatever else it gets fed every day. Also it keeps doing this weird thing where it makes itself dead straight and plonks itself next to her. Lady is all "UH" and takes it to the vet to see what's going on. The vet says, sorry but we're going to have to put this thing down - it's not ill but it's been starving itself and being strange cos it's preparing to EAT YOU.

This is pretty wild but I checked Snopes which had nothing and I can't be arsed to trawl through however many sources of snake-related info right now.

DJ Mencap, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Snakes don't eat that often, really. My friend has a 2.5 foot ball python and it gets a mouse or two a week. Also, they're poisonous, and like any snake they eat all their food in one swallow: I really doubt it would eat something as large as her, and if it did, it would bite her first.

It soes sound fun to have a cuddly pet snake tho!

Abbott, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 01:04 (thirteen years ago) link

"I don't want to eat you, but I must confess: I only love you for your internally regulated body temperature."

Abbott, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 01:05 (thirteen years ago) link

do not like. when I was a kid, most of nightmares involved snakes.

One time when I was about 13 my two dogs were at the end of our driveway barking like maniacs. I strolled down to see what was the fuss only to find what appeared to be a toad (I had already taken my contacts out for the evening, so it was a little blurry). I leaned in to get a closer look and when my face was about 20 inches from the ground, I realized they had been barking at a baby copperhead that was coiled and ready to strike. And strike it did, springing to all of about 7 inches from the tip of my nose. *shiver*

I don't really mind them if they're non-poisonous.

will, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:16 (thirteen years ago) link

ball pythons are not venomous, abbott.

remy bean, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:21 (thirteen years ago) link

i have been bitten, constricted, and musked on by a lot of black rat snakes. they used to be my favorite plaything, and i would find one about one a week in the woods.

remy bean, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:23 (thirteen years ago) link

I had an obsession with snakes and reptiles for a few years. I used to beg my mom to get me a ball python for a pet! Then I lost interest.

latebloomer, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:29 (thirteen years ago) link

I had a neighbor who had a pet rattlesnake, and he'd let me and my brother watch it feed. I thought it was awesome! And it was.

latebloomer, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:31 (thirteen years ago) link

One time when I was in fifth grade a copperhead appeared on the front porch. My mom killed it.

latebloomer, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:32 (thirteen years ago) link

I had an idea for a movie about a killer anaconda in the jungle. Then that movie came out.

latebloomer, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Snake Thoughts

latebloomer, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:34 (thirteen years ago) link

"Snakes. Why does it have to be snakes?!"

I hate hate hate snakes. Even non-poisonous ones. Few animals terrify me as much as these slithery things.

I like iguanas though. I'm still wondering whether I should get one as a pet, but I've heard they can be pretty difficult to care for.

Roz, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:37 (thirteen years ago) link

Snakes are really cool, you should try to get to know/understand them more. They're amazing creatures!

latebloomer, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:38 (thirteen years ago) link

That's a pretty funny/interesting story btw, Mencap.

W4LTER, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:38 (thirteen years ago) link

snakes are amazing, but second to toads in my hierarchy of amphibians/reptiles.

remy bean, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:38 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.thelizardguys.com/images/Stash_409x307.JPG

remy bean, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:40 (thirteen years ago) link

i just don't like the way they move.

xpost whoa that is one fat toad.

Roz, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:41 (thirteen years ago) link

cane toads are the worst tho.

W4LTER, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:41 (thirteen years ago) link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_Toad#Australia

W4LTER, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Also, bad purse: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/04/Agarkroete_fg4.jpg/300px-Agarkroete_fg4.jpg

W4LTER, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:44 (thirteen years ago) link

ball pythons are not venomous, abbott.

Sorry, bad transition, unspecified pronouns. Neither snakes eat a lot, ADDERS are venomous: the adder would've bitten her first.

Abbott, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 04:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Pythons are just like Lemmy from Of Mice & Men. They just don't know when to quit hugging.

Abbott, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 04:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Okay, does anyone remember that couplet to differentiate the Scarlet Snake and the venomous Coral Snake?

Red touches yellow, you're a dead fellow.
Red touches black, you're okay, Jack.

IT COULD just as easily be:

Red touches yellow, you're okay, fellow.
Read touches black, you're dead, Jack.

SO NOT EASILY MEMORABLE! I get mixed up on these things, why you do this to me, makers of herpetology mnemonics?

Abbott, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 04:14 (thirteen years ago) link

W4LTER you probably knew this but cane toads are pretty much only known for getting you HIGH in the U.S., not as one of the huge non-native biological disasters other nations have inflicted on the delicate and wonderful ecology of Australia.

Abbott, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 04:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Back in April in the Mojave Desert I answered the call of nature in the middle of the night behind a bush that had what I thought was a plastic bag caught in it and blowing in the wind. It turned out to be a Mojave Desert Sidewinder rattlesnake about 2 feet from my rear end. He was mad but I couldn't blame him.

Kerm, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 04:22 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tms/2007/11/snakes_in_the_grass.shtml

DJ Mencap, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 10:01 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

being made into a sci-fi channel movie... now.

STARS/TIME/BUBBLES/BLOOD (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 5 February 2009 14:45 (twelve years ago) link

The researchers named the snake Titanoboa. From the size of its vertebrae they estimate it was 13 metres long and a metre wide, which means it would have had trouble squeezing through a modern doorway. It weighed 1,140 kilograms.

im imagining this thing wiggling across a highway or spiralling itself up an elavator shaft or maybe wrapping itself around the town square christmas tree and i think we should bring them back, through science, just for all the laffs they could bring

rent, Thursday, 5 February 2009 16:04 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

san francisco garter snake. best snake

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4038/4659452478_3275466af9_b.jpg

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 22:09 (one week ago) link

i rest my case

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:02 (one week ago) link

bright colors like that are usually warnings to potential predators: beware, danger! very sneaky of a garter snake to look like that.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:44 (one week ago) link


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