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09/17/2005 01:18:51 AM · #1
I really do hate them, always have since treading on one as a kid.
But the problem now is my lovely wife of 12 years cares for injured and orphaned wildlife.

This means our house is basically turned into a injured animal shelter during the spring months, with our yard full of bird aviary's. I do love her for her dedication to this volunteer group and help out where I can but I draw the line when it comes to snakes. I won't allow them in the house or garage or anywhere near me and she respects that.

So today she asked if I can take some shots of her releasing a red bellied black snake she rescured from someones house as it was pretty early in the season for them to be out and about.

To cut a long story short, like I said i hate snakes and will admit they scare me, so when it came to taking the shots I put my 70 - 200mm lense on, then got well back and just fired away as fast as could walking away from the snake the whole time while it went in the other direction. The problem was that I was so focused on keeping the snake in my view finder i didn't manage to get one shot with my wife in it, which she was not impressed with and now we have to go through the whole exercise again.

...not happy...

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09/17/2005 01:27:38 AM · #2
I'm giggling away here. I too do volunteer work at a wildlife center.. and can totally relate to your wife's desire to capture the release of the critter.

I commend you on your bravery and for putting your dislike for snakes aside for your wife. Even if you do have to do it twice ;) Great shots btw.. thanks for sharing!!! :) :)
09/17/2005 01:40:48 AM · #3
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09/17/2005 02:11:02 AM · #4
I can't stand those things either!! I'm sure they've got their purpose in the whole scheme of things, but they can sure do that as far from me as possible.

There was one time at a campground where a bunch of kids saw a gardener snake (that's what I've heard them called) in the grass and wanted to see it and touch it, but they were just as skittish as I am. Next thing I knew I'd picked the thing up so the kids could have a good look at it. Thankfully, it was just a small one and it was kinda funny when it tried to bite me a couple of times. Kinda like a big bad mean chihuahua.
09/17/2005 08:17:03 AM · #5
Wow, it was a really beautiful animal. I'm glad you were abel to give it a good temporary home.
Snakes are a really essential part of our ecosystem, and are a major force keeping rodents in check. Not to mention that they are truly beautiful creatures.

Message edited by author 2005-09-17 08:17:13.
09/17/2005 08:52:14 AM · #6
Came across this King Brown when walking in the outback - it was about 2 meters away - but didn't seem to care that I was there.
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09/17/2005 09:22:04 AM · #7
I was driving down to the South Coast once (the Araluen road, which was dirt then and still may be) when I saw a red bellied black on the road. I stopped. The snake had a frog in its mouth and actually went backwards to get off the road. My camera was in the boot of the car and I wasn't going to get out to fetch it...
09/17/2005 09:26:14 AM · #8
I know where you're coming from keegbow. I feel the same way and would have done the same thing you did. (Had a bad snake incident when I was three yrs old.) You did capture some great shots, can't wait to see the second batch. ;-)
09/17/2005 09:52:33 AM · #9
Came across this guy at the Antelope Valley poppy preserve north of LA this past spring when I was out with the LA DPC group. The longest lens I had with me was 100mm, LOL.
09/17/2005 10:16:22 AM · #10
Fantastic photo, kirbic. Here's one I took back in June, on the hedge at the entrance of one of my schools. It's a Japanese rat snake.
09/17/2005 10:19:44 AM · #11
Originally posted by Pug-H:

Fantastic photo, kirbic. Here's one I took back in June, on the hedge at the entrance of one of my schools. It's a Japanese rat snake.


Oh that's stunning! I love the hedge as a background.
09/17/2005 10:23:44 AM · #12
A candid I took of a man with a snake
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09/17/2005 10:38:02 AM · #13
here is a snake question. i know the answer - but curious to see what others think.

Are snakes slimy?


09/17/2005 10:44:03 AM · #14
No, snakes are not slimy.
09/17/2005 10:50:21 AM · #15
well that was no fun...

many people think they are because when you touch them they feel slimy.
but the slime is actually sweat on your hands due to being nervous about touching the snake.

09/17/2005 11:16:49 AM · #16
i think you have snakes confused with eels there soup ;)
A lot of snakes are really rough to touch, those which aren't (the smooth scaled ones) i would describe as slick.

i *love* snakes
09/17/2005 12:35:37 PM · #17
Originally posted by Pug-H:

I was driving down to the South Coast once (the Araluen road, which was dirt then and still may be) when I saw a red bellied black on the road. I stopped. The snake had a frog in its mouth and actually went backwards to get off the road. My camera was in the boot of the car and I wasn't going to get out to fetch it...


Oh, dude! That would have been *so* cool!
09/17/2005 12:53:49 PM · #18
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09/17/2005 12:57:12 PM · #19
Around my house we have 2 kinds of snakes, dead ones and ones that are about to be dead. ;)

Tim
09/17/2005 01:50:20 PM · #20
This guy made a visit earlier this year...on the roof of the house. More pic's in portfolio folder: Animals/Nature

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09/17/2005 03:10:15 PM · #21
We have a bumper crop of little black nosed bull snakes this year, living under my chicken house and my back porch deck. Not a mouse to be found anywhere!
We try to protect the young ones from the chickens, putting them out of harm's way if they wander out into the chicken yard.
09/17/2005 03:24:53 PM · #22
Curious question for those with pet snakes: Do they actually "like" you? For example, if you put them on the floor, would they actually come to you (without holding food or anything). Do you think they like to be held? Do you think they have a concept of you as a caretaker, e.g., bringing them their dinner, etc., or is it that you just seem to happen to be around when that dinner critter appears? ;)

Just curious!
09/17/2005 03:39:05 PM · #23
Originally posted by nshapiro:

Curious question for those with pet snakes: Do they actually "like" you? For example, if you put them on the floor, would they actually come to you (without holding food or anything). Do you think they like to be held? Do you think they have a concept of you as a caretaker, e.g., bringing them their dinner, etc., or is it that you just seem to happen to be around when that dinner critter appears? ;)

Just curious!


Well, they don't tend to come to you, they're more likely to explore their surroundings and ignore you. I don't think they associate with someone as a caretaker, although they seem to be easily able to make the distinction between their keeper's hand and food. My ball python is docile and inquisitive, and seems to enjoy, or at least well tolerate being handled. He does seem to enjoy his occasional "supervised exploration" of the house. He and the dog aren't sure what to make of each other.

09/17/2005 03:52:44 PM · #24
Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by nshapiro:

Curious question for those with pet snakes: Do they actually "like" you? For example, if you put them on the floor, would they actually come to you (without holding food or anything). Do you think they like to be held? Do you think they have a concept of you as a caretaker, e.g., bringing them their dinner, etc., or is it that you just seem to happen to be around when that dinner critter appears? ;)

Just curious!


Well, they don't tend to come to you, they're more likely to explore their surroundings and ignore you. I don't think they associate with someone as a caretaker, although they seem to be easily able to make the distinction between their keeper's hand and food. My ball python is docile and inquisitive, and seems to enjoy, or at least well tolerate being handled. He does seem to enjoy his occasional "supervised exploration" of the house. He and the dog aren't sure what to make of each other.


Thanks for the info. Do they "run away from you" when they are on the floor exploring and you go to pick them up to put them back?
09/17/2005 04:23:18 PM · #25
Originally posted by nshapiro:

Thanks for the info. Do they "run away from you" when they are on the floor exploring and you go to pick them up to put them back?

My Ball Python doesn't, he'll often accept an outstretched arm as an "assist" to bridge a gap when he's exploring. Although this species is often quite shy, this particular specimen is not easily frightened or alarmed.
My last snake, a wild-caught eastern Milk Snake, would curl up in my shirt pocket for an hour or more when he was small, but when active was pretty skittish, and would tend to want to get away to some dark corner if left to his own devices.
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