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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by RWA6541, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. RWA6541

    RWA6541 Member

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    Hello Again,

    Been missing for a while, had a winter vaca from work and went like gang busters on the firewood, got a few years ahead. I guess I burned myself out because I havent given the wood much though since, its all stacked on pallets and drying under tin, with lots of air gaps everywhere. Walked my piles the other day and all I can say is bring on the frost cause the damn snakes are freakin me out. I guess the dry weather has them on the move, I hadnt seen a rattler in a few summers and I got 2 in the wood pile the other day. I getting mad a scared typing it now.

    To top it off I went to do an oil changeon the car the other day and found a gartner snake in the top of my tool box all coiled in the sockets I damn near had a heartattack. Used some long needle nose pliers to send that mother to the promise land Jeez I hate snakes!!!!

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Rattlers in the Bronx??!!
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  3. RWA6541

    RWA6541 Member

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    got a week end place in western massachusetts these a lot of them there I believe they are timber rattlers or northeastern diamond back what ever they are I wish they'd go away cause Im scared like a school girl of them
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Ah, yes. We had them in the Berkshires. I never saw one where I lived, but heard plenty of tales about them from friends that were in areas where they liked to hang out.
  5. RWA6541

    RWA6541 Member

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    Thats where I am the beserkshires
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    God's country up there. I love it.
  7. RWA6541

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    yeah this past winter was a cake wlak and the summers been real dry, I think the hammers coming again this winter I'm ready
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  8. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    :) NO SNAKES IN ALASKA :)
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  9. Realstone

    Realstone Lord of Fire

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    I guess in your case long pants are the rule, regardless of the heat.
    With 50,000 eagles, I guess not! :cool:
  10. DMZX

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    I need a snake or two. I have a family of moles that have taken up residence under one of my stacks. The dog chomped one of them that came up for air at the wrong time, wrong place, but they are still busy working my wife's flowers.
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  11. ScotO

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    A snake here and there is a good thing, that does tell you that there are varmints in that wood stack, I would be cautious of the poisonous ones, but leave them in there. Keeps the moles, mice and chippies in check!
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  12. onetracker

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    snakes?
    they teach me to pay attention. i like that. i leave them alone, they leave me alone. as has been said by scotty and dmzx, they keep the rodents in check. spider's? i leave them alone they leave me alone. they catch flies and mosquitos. unlike deer flies and ticks.

    has anyone noticed an increase in bald-faced hornets this year? i'm guessing its due to the heat and drought. got stung twice in 2 days. they sting me or my family those nests get removed.

    OT
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  13. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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  14. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    Hey Scotty.....can you move to your right in the avatar, we need a better view of the nice lady.;)
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    She'd KILL me if she knew her picture was on my avatar at all!
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  16. burnagain

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    Sounds kind of crazy but round up a king snake (black snake) and put it close to the piles. They actually eat venomous snakes so they are the best kind to have around.

    My wife is terrified of snakes and demands I shoot any that are around. After a couple years of making her angry becuase I would leave the black snakes we have on our property I had her google them, sure enough she doesn't mind having those around anymore.
  17. Jags

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    Ain't no friggen way I would let a venomous snake knowingly live anywhere around me. They end up dead. Period. I am not even gonna make an excuse for my actions. .22 birdshot from a pistol keeps me a safe distance away and dispatches snakes quickly. Get a cat for the rodents. I HATE snakes. They don't scare me - I just kill them.

    Something with no arms, no legs, no fins or wings shouldn't be able to move that fast. Proof that they are evil.
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  18. fox9988

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    I bring King snakes home every time I get my hands on one, Copperhead problem.
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    Three words:
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    Road Flare.
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  20. Wood Duck

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    I wish I had more snakes here. We have an excessive number of chipmunks, rabbits, and what are probably meadow voles that eat the tubers of a lot of the flowers in the winter. A couple of Black Snakes would really help out. I enjoy seeing rattlers in the wild, but I'd rather not have poisonous snakes in the yard - we have too many kids running around this place to feel comfortable about poisonous snakes. On the other hand, snakes may seem like a major threat to people but I believe hornet and bee stings kill far more people than snakes. There is not much I can do to keep stinging insects off the property except eliminate the occasional nest that I am able to locate.
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  21. BrowningBAR

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    I have had it with these mother****ing snakes on this mother****ing wood stack!
  22. bad69bird

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    Ill take the rodents any day over snakes, my goal in life to erradicate all snakes on my property and I have alot
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    I'll trade you some rodents for a few snakes? I've caught 18 mice in the house in the last 10 days. Never seen anything like it. I think everything is under control, finally. The little bastards were actually tunneling through the damn mortar of the stone walls.

    Yes, you read that correctly. The mice dug through stone walls to get inside.
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    Mice chewed the main wiring harness on my fairly new Tundra, they have gotten into most of my other vehicles and caused damage, I say learn to live w/the snakes! I'm not a big fan of the snakes, but I don't kill them. I do kill mice as often as possible, and so does my cat.
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