Sunday, January 20, 2013

Snakes Alive!


Whoops.  Not alive.  Dead.

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As some of you may know, there was a python hunt in the Everglades a week or so ago.  Pythons have become an invasive species in southern Florida, having escaped from parks and zoos over the years.  So of course when I saw this tail sticking out from under the lanai screening, I screamed calmly called Mike to come outside and deal with it.  He thought it was probably definitely not a python.

DSCN2342He tugged on it with a pair of tongs.

DSCN2343And tugged some more.  It was quite stuck and already dead.

DSCN2345It must have been trying to follow one of the lizards that can squeeze through those little drain holes with no problem at all.

DSCN2346We looked in our Audubon book and identified it as a red (scarlet?) snake—harmless.  Unless you are a lizard, but the lizard won this time.

7 comments:

  1. Yikes! I'd have screamed, too. I don't care how little and dead it is.

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  2. A snake is scary dead or alive. So glad Mike was home to save his damsel in distress!!

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  3. I wonder if both critters lost.
    Maybe the snake ate the lizard and was too fat to exit the hole?

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  4. Ha, ha, I had the same thought as June. Over eating is not good for your health:))

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  5. I'm just impressed that he's out there chasing a snake in shorts and bare feet, and in January!

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  6. That's his Florida uniform. It has been quite warm, even for FL.

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  7. Eeewwww!! Snakes!!! Guess how I would handle the situation!!
    Peace,
    Muff

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