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Old 05-26-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Moved to town. Miss 'my' woods and critters.
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One afternoon , late last week, my pup, Brandi was barking at something under one of the many large oak trees surrounding our home. I stopped what I was doing, which was assisting two of my DH's brothers attempting to repair our John Deere 455D crawler.

I walked over to Brandi and pet her on her head and told her to quit barking. Dogs do understand English, don't they? Anyway, I looked down and there on the ground was a large ball of netting about three (3) feet in diameter with something black embedded in it.

I took Brandi away from this. Then went back with a very long rod and tried to pick up this round mess to no avail. Very heavy and awkward it was. It was then that I realized that a black snake about 6 - 7 foot long was never ever going to get free from his entrapment by himself.

I went into the house and called the Missouri Department of Conservation in Jefferson Citiy. After explaining to the lady that answered the 'phone my/our predicament she transferred my call to a senior agent who listened to my tale of woe with passion. He advised me that no agent was in my area to release the snake.

I then inquired about the method that any agent would use if they were here. told him to give me about 25-30 minutes and then call me back to make arrangements to send an agent from another area if needed. I did what he told me, put gloves on, grabbed a towel and cutters and proceeded up the hill to become a Reptile Florence Nightingale.

Now please picture this long beautiful specimen of a Black Snake thoroughly trapped in this 1/2 inch mesh about every inch or so for at least 3 1/2 feet with only his tail free to wiggle about. I guess you could call a snake's tail as wiggling. I tried to cover the section of the mesh where his head was trapped even tho' this was not an easy feat as his head was about 6-8 inches from the edge of the outer circumference.

Starting at the lower end, as I was instructed, I cautiously and carefully began snipping away at the black mesh inch by inch by inch. About half way through, I called to one of my BIL and asked if he would like to help me. He came over and took the snips and while I held the bottom half of this poor creature, by now w/o the gloves as they had become an hindrance, he cut away most of the remaining mesh. I then held the snakes head while he cut the mesh surrounding the head.

Finally, freedom!!! While firmly but gently holding the head and the mid section of our patient, I carried it over to another shady spot and gently laid him on the ground. No thanks, just a rattle of his tail, a quick glance in my direction while sticking his tongue out at me, and off he went. About then the MO Conservation man called back and I relayed to him our 30 minute adventure with a good outcome.

Only downside of this while ordeal is that I never took any pictures.
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I'm really impressed that you guys saved the snake. I probably would have killed it and missed the joy of saving a wood creature. Great job!
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:01 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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NWV, 0ne of mine was out for a stroll today....


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Old 05-27-2009, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Moved to town. Miss 'my' woods and critters.
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Beautiful, Bones. check out my album pictures if you get a chance. We do seem to have an abundance of Black snakes around here. Long story made short: we raised about 16 of them from eggs many moons ago. Conservation dept. gave us advice and we turned them loose in early Oct. that year and have always seen Black snakes around here. Thank you for the picture. Out for a stroll!!! lol.....
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:58 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Wow. Good for you, NWV. Do they eat pests like rodents? Those can eat you out of house and home in the country.
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Moved to town. Miss 'my' woods and critters.
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Hi bjh....yes the snakes around here eat the field mice which are a giant nuisance making their nests in anything and everything in our tool sheds and storage boxes under my DH's work benches. Stinky and messy creatures.
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:50 AM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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Hi bjh....yes the snakes around here eat the field mice which are a giant nuisance making their nests in anything and everything in our tool sheds and storage boxes under my DH's work benches. Stinky and messy creatures.
Wish I could train them to eat moles....
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Wish I could train them to eat moles....
You would have something if you could Bones!

NWV I don't know that I could do what you did with the snake. Now I feel super guilty because of trying to get a neighbor down here to take "out" a large gopher family here.
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:23 PM
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Good for you NV!

Shows we can really do most things if we try!!
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Awesome story!

I like snakes too!!!
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