Sunday, June 10, 2012

X marks the snake ... maybe

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  1. Somehow I knew not to be drinking my coffee while watching your video. My first surprise was that a snake could crawl up the side of your house. My second surprise was that he was alive after being in the trash can in the hot NM sun, but I just had to laugh when he took off and you're requesting him to come back! Bet he thought, "what's up with this lady?!?!?". Good idea with the paint though. Hope you got him and won't it be interesting to see if he comes back.

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  2. Hopefully the swallows will lay another batch of eggs? (Or do they do that?)

    Excellent idea to mark the snake...in the can...before he hightails it out of there! You may have a bunch of bright pink/orange snakes in your pasture. :)

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  3. Pink seems to be the color of pest marking choice. I used to catch chipmunks and spray them through the trap. I would relocated them oh, say, ten miles from my house. I figured if I ever caught a pink one they would tell me that ten miles wasn't enough. Perhaps the reason that I never caught a pink one is that hawks are not color blind...

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  4. I knew it! A snake story! Yup, mark him before he gets away next time! We live and learn...And, yes, it's a good thing I didn't have my coffee in my mouth!

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  5. Snake up the wall! Well I never saw that before just as I've never seen chickens eat mice. My condolences to the swallows who lost their eggs in the battle. I guess that's life on the ranch.
    Best always, Sandra

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  6. I won't watch this cuz it is about snakes. But if this is a bull snake, & they have found the eggs....they will also get to the chicken eggs & one will eventually have to kill him as they will continue getting the eggs. Look before reaching for those eggs....one never knows what they might be getting a hold of. Just saying.

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  7. snakes slither up walls?!?!?! ick

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  8. Lovely video! I hope the paint managed to get on your snake. I always take my snakes at least a mile away before releasing.

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  9. I'm with Joanie and not going to view the video since I am a snake-o-phobe gal. I'm sure it was a great video though. :-)

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  10. I really enjoyed your video story this morning! It will be interesting to see if he every comes back. Herpetologists in your region might get excited thinking a new variety of snake has been sighted!

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  11. Snakes climbing walls, mice climbing walls ... I've never seen anything like that before! Loved the video and I just love that Smoochie dog ... she is such a good girl!! Have a great Sunday. Marcia in CO

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  12. The only problem with marking them with paint is they shed that skin. next time he'll come back all nice and clean.

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  13. Smooch simultaneously gives you looks of awe, and of "she who takes away all the fun"...

    Glad I was between sips of coffee when I got to the snake marking portion of today's entertainment!

    One thought - won't the paint come off when the snake sheds? Not sure how often they do that...

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  14. Way cool that the snakes can climb the wall, I did not know that. We are having a big rattlesnake problem in Reno this year and I'm a bit nervous everytime I take my dogs our for a walk in the hills. Just so dry here but very chilly this morning so had a great walk and the only problem was the young coyotee yipping at us. Betsy

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  15. Carol in N. Colorado6/10/12, 8:44 AM

    That was so cool to see the snake crawling up the stucco wall. They will climb on anything that their scales can attach to. I feel badly about the swallows eggs. There is always next year unless they have another batch this year. I would have never thought of marking the snake's tail. It's a great idea.

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  16. I smiled at the snake on the wall, then cringed for the Swallow family, then laughed, followed by evil giggling, and finally smiled long after Mr. Snake had been released! You sure do know how to start my day!!!

    Nancy in Iowa

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  17. "Oh wait wait wait wait! Come back!" That just totally cracked me up! Thanks for the laugh - and I hope you got him.

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  18. I'm impressed on so many levels, not the least of which is your ability to hold the camera steady while you did everything else one handed.

    I did not know that snakes could climb walls like that. Yeesh! Poor swallows. It's sad that they lost their babies, but I guess that's nature at work.

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  19. Smooch is ever alert! Swallows can rebuild a nest and raise another clutch of eggs if destroyed so you may see them build it again. Hopefully the hot trash can will be a good snake deterrent.

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  20. Wow that was fun! Had no idea snakes could climb like that, poor birds! I hope they try again. I loved the naration, you have such a sweet pretty voice. Totally cracked me up talking to the snake, I do that as well to things that cant undertstand me! I hope he stays away. Nice job with the camera!

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  21. Aha! I was close! Snake but not mouse nest. Your rough wall seems perfect for climbing! Could you mark the snake while you're holding it by the snake stick?

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  22. Are you telling me that he shelled the eggs before eating the contents? I don't believe it. Wouldn't s/he eat the things whole? Wouldn't he have been after the baby birds, who've been saved by your quick action.
    Good girl, Smooch!

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  23. my first thought was like Janet...they shed their skins.....oh, well, it was a pretty good idea except for that one little thing...

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  24. HA! Loved it, made me lol!! You got the snake handling skills down pat. What a devil to go after those eggs, that was very cool to see him on the wall like that. People always ask me, can snakes climb? Uhh, YEAH. Your video surely proves that. Good job!!

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  25. I tried to see how many marks are on the snake pole, but couldn't tell. Now all of the cool bull snakes will want to come to be air brushed. Love hearing you talk... very Upper East of the Mississippi? Do people who are NM natives have a distinctive accent?

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  26. Sandy from Edgewood, NM6/10/12, 9:28 PM

    Linda,

    You are sooooooo much more braver than I am.... I don't think I could get that close to the snake!!

    I'd pack what I wanted and MOVE to the BARN!!! :^)

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  27. Those poor swallows! To lose their eggs to that mean old snake....hopefully the snake gets indigestion! Great video by the way and I'm proud of Smooch for alerting you to some serious trouble....what a good girl!

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  28. 911 dispatcher, what's your emergency?
    Uh, yeah, there's a woman chasing a snake with a can of paint...

    Say, what, sir?

    Yeah, she's calling him to wait and he's slithering away, and she's chasing him with a can of spray paint.

    Sir, don't call back until you sober up, o.k. You have a good day.

    But... CLICK.

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  29. I am in awe at your ability to handle snake, snake pole and camera. If it was me, I would have ended up spray painting the camera lens.

    And I know that yesterday's workout was effective, because my stomach muscles really hurt because I'm laughing so hard at you telling the snake to "Come Back!"

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  30. **shit** :oD


    Love the video and I hope you got it's tail.

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