Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Goodness Gracious Snakes Alive

Oh my goodness! I just came home from an epilepsy advocate event, and Greg met me at the door with the words... "You are never going to believe this." Never a good sign.

Apparently, there was a 6 foot snake in our flower bed, right at our front door. We think it was a racer. Here is the picture Greg took. Can you believe there was a snake at our front door and he goes to get a camera?!

Here is a link to a picture from the internet. What do you think? We aren't sure what type of snake it was, and we would like to find out whether it was poisonous or not. If you will read on, you will find out why we need to know.

I do not like snakes! Not one little bit! I've got the heebie jeebies just writing this.

Our neighbor came over to help Greg corner and catch it so they could release it somewhere else. What were these guys thinking?! You don't catch it... and you don't release it... you kill it. But they didn't kill it. Again I ask... what were they thinking?

Our neighbor went to pick it up and it bit him! He put it in a cooler (just in case he got sick from the bite, so he would know what type of snake it was) and then went home. And proceeded to put the cooler in his garage.

When his wife came home, she made him go the hospital. But not before making him take the cooler out of the garage. We women have sense... we've learned our lesson about snakes ;-)

She told him the snake could get out of the cooler. He insisted it couldn't, but complied with her wishes. They didn't stay at the hospital, but when they returned, guess what was missing from the cooler...

Apparently the snake knocked the lid off and returned to somewhere in our cul de sac.

Well now, I need me some bloggy friend prayers lifted up on my behalf that the snake doesn't find it's way back to our house.

I know the Bible says this:
Mark 16:17-18 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well. NIV

Now ya'll know I'm all about some signs, miracles and wonders and I believe... but even though I was raised in a pentecostal church... I'm not picking up any snakes.

(BTW... don't send me an email... we didn't really handle snakes... it's a joke :) )

I don't think I will sleep tonight... and I might not let my kids play outside all summer.
Any advice?


Cheri said...

Okay, so I clicked over to check out the internet pic...then clicked on all the others--BIG mistake. I shivered and returned to write this.

I hate those slimy, scaly, nasty little things!

Praying it doesn't return.And you'd think our men would listen to us more often since we are RIGHT a majority of the time!! :)

Chaotic Joy said...

Oh Amy, is it bad that I am laughing and laughing at this post. It's just so funny. The boys catching the snake and putting it in a cooler "just in case" and it getting back out again. IT really could be a sitcom. I am guessing the snake bite victim is fine?

Amy Wyatt said...

The snake bite victim is fine to our knowledge. If we hear an ambulance in the middle of the night we'll know different. The funny thing is he is a police officer so I'm surprised he didn't just shoot the snake.

Anonymous said...

oh my!!! I would absolutely freek out!!!

Meg said...

I have been visiting your blog for a few days and have not commented...but girlfriend, I am with you...never catch them...kill those snakes! Yikes! I can't stand them. Once when we lived on a farm, I found one in a bag of potatoes on the lazy susan...INSIDE...yuck! Then, years later another little one in the laundry room. Get out your shovel and be ready when he returns! Snakes are icky!

Andrea said...

OK - I'm with you - keep the kids inside on lock down until that snake is found!

Terri Tiffany said...

The other day I opened my back door and a HUGE (I don't exaggerate despite what my husband might say) yellow snake sunning itself in my driveway. I screamed and it ran --literally--like a cartoon character trying to spin its feet.
We live in Florida where snakes rule the yard, but I have threatened that should one of them ever enter my home--I'm packing and moving back north fast!

kmom3 said...

Oh my goodness! Now I have the heebie jeebies. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

My husband has a friend who breeds snakes. His wife is WAY braver than me!!!!

I will pray he is long gone. That is not the kind of new neighbor you want!!!

Jai said...

Oh how I wish I had some advice, but I AM JUST SCARED looking at the photo! YIKES!

We play in the backyard because hubby has seen 2 too many snakes while mowing the lawn ..

I'll have NO part of that .. and to think I want to plant a garden, but am afraid of something like that ...

You WOULD be able to hear me in GA. (SMILE)

lana said...

MEN... "catch and release" OH MY... it is Kill and throw away guys. I would probably never come out my front door again. I hope the neighbor made it thru the night! :-)