Sunday, June 28, 2009

Morning Visitor

Walking the dogs through the yard Saturday morning this was there to greet us.

That was not a tail wagging because it was happy to see us either!
This thing was slithering across my lawn! If you said Sheeeeet... you would be close to guesing how I reacted!
Adrenaline get the picture!
My granddog walked over it before I realized it was a rattlesnake! Of course I yelled and scared Gus to death and he ran back across the snake to me! Lucky thing it was stretched out and trying to move not in the striking position!
I grabbed Jack and Gus and put them in the house.
When I knew the boys were safely inside and no one was hurt I grabbed a shovel. Problem with rattlesnakes for me is I can not hear them rattle!
If I worried about it the way most people would I would never leave the house. Rattlesnakes are plentiful around here. Good advice is...
always have a shovel handy when you live in the country!

Snake stew anyone? How about bbq snake steak?(-:

post signature


Julie said...

OMG! I cannot even imagine!!! Sheeeeet is right!!! Lawsy!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Cindee girl .. I can't imagine how fast your heart was THUMPING after realizing the situation .. I would have said a lot worse than that and the whole neighborhood would have heard me ? .. you did good getting the boys inside so fast !
Eeeeuuuuuwwwwwwwww !

CiNdEe said...

Hi Julie,
It was a real OMG moment. Mainly for the dogs. I was so worried that Gus was bit. But he was fine. Just traumatized from the ordeal!

Hi Joy,
It was beating hard! I was so glad Jack and Gus were o.k.!
I can say a lot worse words and no one hears but the critters(-:

My Little Family: said...

Cindee you three were so lucky. We live in Florida so I've had my share of snake encounters too but at least us humans know. I worry about Eddie because when we have had the black racers inthe backyard, he goes for them. What if it was a lethel snake????

Tatyana said...

And I am complaining about my little cute garden snake?! Shame on me!

Jeannie said...

oh WOW! SCARY! i live in texas... near houston... and we've had an explosion of snakes (and not just garden variety) where they're not supposed to be, i.e., surburban back yards... lol... someone told me they're looking for water... but, duh, there's a huge pond in the neighborhood park... maybe i should make some little signs "Water >>> thataway"

glad you killed the thing. my contractor recently killed TWO copperheads in my back yard... any my dog thinks she's a big game hunter... i'm always afraid she'll find one and try to kill it... watch her like a hawk when she's outside

Brenda said...

Lord, don't think I could live out there then. The things scare me to death. You are a brave girl. Why can't you hear the rattle, if I may be so bold?

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

OMG! I would have freaked out and just ran. You are brave for getting it with the shovel. Glad to hear that no one was bit. -Jackie

Crafty Gardener said...

I'll pass on the stew thanks ... think I just became a vegetarian!!
Yikes I don't know what I would do if I found a rattler in the garden ... probably never go outside and reach into a clump of grass again.

Sue said...

My next door neighbor is mad at me because she says I encourage the garter snakes. I didn't think I encouraged them just because I don't kill them. I don't think I'd be brave enough to hit a rattle snake with anything. I guess you learned the proper method.

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Your so brave! I hate snakes and don't think I could take a shovel to it. Happy everyone is safe, Esther

CiNdEe said...

Hi My little family,
Jack kills anything that moves. He has killed many garter snakes. He shakes them to death. That is why I am so affraid of him finding a rattlesnake)-: Geez one bite is all it would take for him)-:

Hi Tatyana,
I have many different kind of snakes that are not poisonous types. I don't mind them as long as I don't have to see them eating my frogs or fish)-:

Hi Jeannie,
The copperheads would be worse I think. Yikes.
If you can get to and ER within 30 mins of a rattlesnake bite you might be o.k. otherwise you could be in serious trouble. A dog would be iffy too. They do have antivenom shots now for dogs at 600.00 a pop!

Hi Brenda,
I can't hear that tone of sound! My hearing is pretty terrible actually. But forget a snake rattle!

Hi Ellie Maes Cottage,
I wanted to(-: But I knew if I left the snake there it would be out there somewhere when I was gardening! Didn't want Jack to find it later.

Hi Crafty Gardener,
Well no takers on the stew.(-:
I can't blame you!(-: Ewwwwww!
Hopefully this is the only snake we see this summer(-: So far there has been one at my Grandpas house and two at my Dads! But my Dad does live next to a creek so that would explain why he has so many!

Hi Sue,
The garter snakes don't bother me and we have a few California King snakes here too. They don't bother me either. Just the poisonous type because I worry about the animals.

Hi Shabby Chic Collectables,
I am not really affraid of anything. I just worry about the dogs/cats etc. We get all kinds of wild animals here.

Lola said...

I'll pass on the stew & steaks. We do have some vicious snakes here in Fl. Moccasins & rattlers are the worst I think. We've killed both. Lots of pine tree forest where rattlers love it.
Good your babies are ok. You too.

perennialgardener said...

I would be freaking Cindee! We use to find these in our garage sometimes in TX. You are brave to be out there taking a photo, he's a big one.

Meadowview Thymes said...

I know how I feel coming across the big water snakes we have, so I can just imagine how you must have felt.
I agree with Joy ..eeeuuuwwww!!!!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Shit fire and save matches! I didn't know ya'll had rattlers way up there! Step daughter and I walked right past one all coiled up and rattlin' one day!

CiNdEe said...

Hi Lola,
Those kind of snakes are not fun to have around. Very scary! I usually watch out but every now and then I walk though the yard and forget(-:

Hi perennialgarderner,
My Grandpa had one in his house one time! It was about 4 feet long. He use to leave the door cracked open for the dog to come in and out. One day a snake felt the cool air blowing and followed it in I guess! Needless to say he kept the door shut after that!(-:

Hi Meadowview Thymes,
Are your watersnakes poisonous? That doesn't sound fun either! Yikes.

Hi Nola,
Yikes! That is scary! I hate walking by them on the trail when I walk the dogs. I am always watching for them on the trail but in the yard I get lax. I guess I will be more careful for a while(-:
We have a lot out here and infact we could eat them everyday if we wanted to! Ewww would rather not!(-:

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Girlfriend you a woman after my heart. How very brave. We've got em on the family ranch in central Texas. They scare the dewey out of me. Dad shot one on the back porch a few weeks ago.
Teenage Monkey may never recover.

My Mother's Garden said...

OMG!!! Your heart must have been about to jump out of your chest...I would have ran like a baby back into the house. Glad you were able to get your dogs back into the house and get rid of the snake. Interesting post!

Kathleen said...

You are SO brave. I would have been too terrified to do anything about it. I'm always afraid a rattler will show up in my backyard too (we live outside of town) but so far so good. I hope I could react like you but I'm not sure....

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Your my hero! I hate snakes of all kinds but a rattler needs to be gotten rid of.I am so glad the puppies or you did not get bitten.

Jesikarena said...

I would have passed out! How did you kill it?! You are a gutsy girl! thats for sure.

flowergardengirl said...

You are so dang brave and so glad the kiddos weren't hurt. I have a picture of me as a kid and I'm standing in the middle of a curled up rattler. My brother took the pic as mom was screaming and dad diverting the attention of the snake. I got away and so did dad. My mom never got over that.

Brighid said...

Hate rattler's, we killed 58 in the yard the last year we lived at the foothill ranch. Always on the lookout for them, but that was the worst. One of our working dogs got bitten twice, and lived to tell the tale.

Kudzu said...

Oh wow Cindee..You used my favorite snake-gettin' tool....a shovel with a LONG handle! There sure have been a lot of snakes lately; we just had a cottonmouth by my pump, so I decided to get in my truck and drive next door,LOL! About an hour later, my sister was going to go ahead and walk back to her home, and the snake was still there! It scares me because my grandson just runs through the path to my sisters' without thinking....

chuck b. said...

Ha! I don't think it would have even occurred to me to go after a rattlesnake with a shovel! Just stay inside for a month or two. He'll move on. :>