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26 January 2017

pets + pythons

Lucky I came inside via the front door to see this snake at the end of the hall, or I would have stood right on it and been bitten, 50 kms from A&E. It was curled up at the back screendoor and turned to regard me. Idiotically my first thought was to record it against those who may not believe me.
My second thought was to get Jack Kelpie off the back doorstep and tied away safely. I owed him that as he saved me from opening the back door and standing right on Monty Python who would have swiftly leapt up at me.
Jack always jumps around and trips me up, and that is the reason I went to the front door after some long hours doing yardwork. My property is for sale and keeping 1.5 acres mowed and neat is a full time job for one who moves arthritically slow.
Foolish but necessary to disperse Monty, I propped the screendoor open to aid his egress. He eyed me sinuously. Then I grabbed a long-handled shovel and went back through front door to encourage him to more suitable environs. He did not want to go either. Under the house now, or further I hope. It was olive green with a pale chest and could have been an Olive Python, or a tiger snake in disguise.
Then I discovered he had crapped on the rug in the living room. I suppose owners of pet reptiles have that all the time.
My pet is Lily goat, who is endlessly funny, so here she is
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13 comments:

  1. Nightmare for me. I would prove I can still run fast. Lily just looks funny, never mind what she does.

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  2. I don't do snakes well. In one of our homes a red-bellied black made its home under the front steps. For about nine months of the year I only used the back door.
    You are selling up? Moving again? Good luck.

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  3. I don't like any animal that has fewer than four legs (eg snakes, jelly fish) or more than four legs (eg spiders). Lily Goat is my type of mate in the animal world.

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  4. Hello from the other side of big pond (pacific ocean) I was at anther blog earlier and they had a snake in there bath room. Is having snack in your home quite common.
    Not sure how well I would do handle big snake...My mom had a bear in her cellar or basement.
    If you fine the time stop in for a cup of coffee

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  5. WOW, one reason not to live in the country. Though, when I was child in Woods Point we just jumped over the snakes that were in our way as we romped through the bush.

    Our mum, being the local nurse, had bottles of anti venom in the fridge as snake bite was common in the area.

    Lily is a droll gem.

    Where are you moving to this time?

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    1. not moving, but had been trying to buy the local hotel which has vile owners who want to leave town after running the business 'into the ground' as the phrase is.

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    2. Oh Anne - Woods Point infamous from my childhood as the newsreader would always say through the winter weather report that it had the lowest temperature. bravo to you.

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    3. Being young, we didn't really feel the cold in Woods Point and loved it when it snowing - sliding down hillsides on home made sledges and building snowmen, or snow horses and swans in my case.

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  6. I thank you all for your comments/visit. El Chi - Were you still jumpy for days after first seeing that RedBellied Black? I may sleep wearing shoes from now on.
    Hels and Andrew - I am like a toddler's mum and have too many pictures of Lily. Her idea of affection is head-butting which is scary. She can gallop and weighs more than me.
    I am so impressed by your mum Anne S, having anti venine on hand, but peppy lady Dora has the win for A Bear In The Basement. OMG.
    My tiny tiny town has tuesday afternoon socialising with tea and cake in the community hall and I took a print of my snake photo which got me all their stories of the many local snake encounters: a RedBellied in the sink cupboard etc. Did not calm me down of course. I now know that my Monty was no python but a swift leaping deadly Tiger Snake and I was so lucky he let me take his pic and live to tell you. God has other plans for my demise. sigh.

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  7. At least he crapped on the rug and not in your bed. I mean this thing has obviously roamed all over the house and luckily decided to go out the back door instead of hiding somewhere.

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    1. Thabk you for dropping in dear JT, Yes, roamed the house the night before when I was away. It did not want to go, coiled to strike as I now realise, worked up by the Kelpie on the other side of the screendoor. I had to push the hall-runner out with the shovel. Last night I threw back the bedding robustly and jumped back in case ...

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  8. Your pet goat is very cute. Is she a handful? It was brave of you to take care of the snake despite being scared/worried/not a fan.

    Hopefully it won't be too hard to clean the rug. Or maybe keep the poop and it will be a rodent deterrent...if you have such problems. We do.

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    1. Nailed it Dina - I have kept it there as a constant reminder to scan every corner or each room as I enter. I think I found it's entry point - a gap in the floor tiling at the doorframe to the verandah - and have jammed it full of steel scourer wool. I wasn't brave about me, just worried about it getting the attention of Jack the Kelpie dog who would most surely have tried to bite it and been bitten. The same as with all previous snake encounters actually, even the 1976 Rattlesnake one in California involved kittens in a paddock of long grass [the rancher shot it immediately and I cannot recall the effect of that on the kittens or the palomino I was riding. was still in shock hours later].
      Thank you for your visit from so far away, may all your rodents be manageable ones not bears.

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