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woundedwidow posted 5/27/2013 09:20 AM

Last night I watched the HBO movie followed by the news. I got up to brush my teeth and get ready for bed, and saw my alpha kitty, Princess, lying in the bathroom between the vanity and the toilet. I peeked into the corner and saw a snake! Princess kept trying to smack it with a paw, and the snake was getting really agitated (so was I!) Since it was so late, I couldn't call the neighbor's husband to come and get it out, so I had to figure out what to do (after running around going OMGOMGOMGOMG for a minute). I tell you, you just can't top a Swiffer floor mop for mashing a snake, although apparently you can't kill it with one either. It gave off a vile stench, which I guess was supposed to deter me (it didn't), but I just kept on mashing it until it was stunned enough so I could pick it up with one of those extended-reach grabber thingies for old broads like me and run for the back door to toss it out, whereupon it promptly slithered away. I gave Princess lots of treats for finding the snake for me, and then mopped the floor with the same Swiffer and a lavender-scented floor cleaner pad. I used to go into ALL of my rooms at night without turning on any lights, but I sure won't be doing THAT any more.

gahurts posted 5/27/2013 09:27 AM

Good kitty!

That cat just got a lifetime of treats. Glad you are OK.

Sad in AZ posted 5/27/2013 09:58 AM

I'm sorry, but the poor snake!

If it gave off a foul scent it was probably a harmless garter snake.

gma56 posted 5/27/2013 11:15 AM

A snake in the house will not live. End of story.
I would have chopped it up in 50 pieces just to make sure it was dead. Yeah, I don't do snakes and they die but then I live in rattle snake country. I just lost a dog that was bit by a rattler.
You are a brave woman Wounded !

[This message edited by gma56 at 11:50 AM, May 27th (Monday)]

confused615 posted 5/27/2013 11:18 AM

I would move.

SisterMilkshake posted 5/27/2013 11:25 AM

it was probably a harmless garter snake.
No such thing, Sad.

You are very brave, wounded. Princess is very brave. However, the images I had running through my head of you and the swiffer were hilarious.

heartbroken_kk posted 5/27/2013 11:29 AM

I had a rattler by the steps to the cellar last week. I saw it because I always look before I step down (it's a habit). Gave me a bit of a jolt of surprise. I tried to scoop it with a hoe into a garbage can so I could relocate it, but it got away and went under the cement slab that makes up the terrace. I tried hosing it out, but got a toad instead.

I live surrounded by habitat and stunning natural beauty. I could kill it but doubt it would make a dent in the population and only give me a false sense of security. Neighbor reported a mountain lion on my driveway, by my gate. The gate is below a brushy embankment and I have to get out of my car to open and close it.

Thugs in my neighborhood.

woundedwidow posted 5/27/2013 11:41 AM

SisterMilkshake, I'm sure I looked like a lunatic, bashing the snake with a swiffer - BTW, I learned that trick from smooshing camel crickets. Such handy tips you learn living in the country! BTW, Sad, I was pretty sure it was a garter snake (even though it was almost 2 ft. long), but I had never seen a garter snake shake an upraised tail, so I didn't want to take any chances. Besides, my house only has one bathroom - and I was NOT going to share it!

jo2love posted 5/27/2013 11:44 AM

I would have freaked. You are brave. I'm glad you and your kitty are ok. I'm sure the snake is telling the tale of the swiffer to his buddies.

[This message edited by jo2love at 1:39 PM, May 27th (Monday)]

Amazonia posted 5/27/2013 13:07 PM

It wouldn't matter how late at night it was, I would have been screaming my head off in the street until a neighbor came to help.


ButterflyGirl posted 5/27/2013 13:35 PM

I'm sure the snake is telling the tale of the swiffer to his buddies.

I was out by the pool with my eldest son when he was 3. He was sitting playing on the deck, and I look over and a humongous snake slithered RIGHT next to him. I freaked out, grabbed him, ran inside, and I didn't go back out there for over a year.

itainteasy posted 5/28/2013 12:20 PM

I'm afraid I would have had to burn the house to the ground.

purplejacket4 posted 5/28/2013 12:27 PM

I would have been up all night sitting in bed with the light on huddled up holding the swifter. My God, I might have a nightmare tonight just from reading this!

painpaingoaway posted 5/28/2013 12:35 PM

I would go insane. But here's the REAL question...



Of all the snake in the house stories I've heard, why are they always in the bathroom????

They don't come thru the they? OMG. I can never poop again.

Tred posted 5/28/2013 12:40 PM

They don't come thru the they?

Either from there or the shower drain

Our neighbor had a black snake up in his attic, and chose a novel way to get rid of it. He took a handgun up with him loaded with snake shot. Well, the snake spooked him and he unloaded the gun. Shot the hell out of his attic, but he did kill the snake.

nowiknow23 posted 5/28/2013 13:23 PM

Good kitty.

Kajem posted 5/28/2013 13:42 PM

Good kitty. Glad you and the snake are ok.

SandAway posted 5/28/2013 18:12 PM

Did it look like this??

kernel posted 5/28/2013 19:58 PM

They don't come thru the they? OMG. I can never poop again.


and the creepy picture is just uncalled for. Imagination was enough for me.

[This message edited by kernel at 7:59 PM, May 28th (Tuesday)]

NotDefeatedYet posted 5/28/2013 21:48 PM

Poor snake. Go out looking for a bite to eat and go home with a beat down from a mop.

Very few snakes are venomous. Most of them are good for keeping rodent populations down.

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