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    Da' Spellin' Homegirl Grgranny's Avatar
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    I am sorry to say that I am just like Blue Beads aunt. I did get brave enough to take one step on the patio to water the plants on the table. I'm still shaking. I bought a lot of moth balls today. My daughter and hubby and granddaughter are coming Fri night and will put them to work. I have been so afraid they would be in my garage, I thought about running the car in the garage with the door shut. I know better but if I'm on a different level of the house it might be ok. We can joke about it but it really isn't funny.

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    Figure Skating Is A Dangerous Sport Dee4707's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grgranny
    I thought about running the car in the garage with the door shut. I know better but if I'm on a different level of the house it might be ok. We can joke about it but it really isn't funny.
    Grgranny, please don't do that, wait until your family comes to help you.

    Dee

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    Grgranny I hope family have arrived and you are feeling better.

    Must be a bad year for snakes. Look what was found in downtown Charleston....

    Possible copperhead
    sighting causes stir

    Matthew Thompson
    Daily Mail staff

    Friday June 09, 2006
    On a normal day, Dave Riebe is a typical Charleston parking meter enforcement supervisor.

    But for one moment Thursday, Riebe stopped writing tickets downtown and became a snake wrangler.

    Riebe was among more than 20 Charleston citizens who were startled by the appearance of what seemed to be a copperhead on Capitol Street. The snake was first spotted wrapped around a lamppost outside of Ivor's Trunk boutique.

    The incident occurred during the Thursday lunch hour.

    Riebe, 37, was working in the area when he joined a group of people gawking at the creature.

    People who saw the snake believed it was a copperhead, and a state natural resources official who later saw pictures said it very well could have been. But sometimes non-poisonous snakes with similar markings are mistaken for copperheads.

    Nevertheless, the snake caused a furor downtown.

    "Well, at first I knew I wasn't going to go pick it up," Riebe said. "We were all trying to wait for someone to come and get it."

    After some careful thought, Riebe and fellow meter enforcement officer Pat Jones decided to step in and remove the serpent. Using a stick, Riebe picked the snake up, keeping it at a safe distance from any of his extremities.

    "I wasn't just going to go grab it with my bare hands," Riebe said. "We all were just trying not to get hit by it."

    Riebe placed the snake inside a cake pan on loan from the nearby Chesapeake Bagel Bakery. He then set it free along the river near the Kanawha Boulevard.

    Ann Booth was walking to a business meeting when she joined the curious throng. She took out her cellular telephone to take pictures of the scene to preserve its posterity.

    Booth is an associate with Charleston public relations firm, Maple Creative

    "I saw this snake being carted around in some kind of sandwich tray box," Booth said. "And I just couldn't believe it. I mean the Legislature is not even in town."

    Copperheads are usually found in swampy, wooded or rocky areas.

    Kathy Leo, wildlife diversity coordinator for the state Division of Natural Resources in Elkins, examined one of the photographs that Booth took with her cell phone and declared the image too small to be decisive. She said the snake appeared to be a copperhead from the markings on the body, although she couldn't confirm anything because she couldn't clearly see the head.

    Copperheads have triangular heads, Leo said.

    "Copperheads are the most widespread of the venomous snakes," Leo said. "You can find them pretty much anywhere, but they are usually found along streams."

    Various reports from the scene said the snake might have bitten a passerby who tried to pick it up.

    Dan Combs, manager of Dynamic Displays at 231 Capitol St., said a man wearing a green T-shirt and a baseball cap approached the snake. The snake then snapped at the man, Combs said.

    "He just went in to pick it up with his bare hands," Combs, 47, said. "The snake got kind of excited and bit him. Then the guy just walked away like it was nothing."

    Riebe said it didn't appear the snake got his full fangs inside the guy's arm.

    "I don't think it really bit him," Riebe said. "That snake definitely looked out of place."

    Contact writer Matthew Thompson at matthewthompson@dailymail.com or 348-4834.


    I love this....

    "I saw this snake being carted around in some kind of sandwich tray box," Booth said. "And I just couldn't believe it. I mean the Legislature is not even in town."
    Yes, we love our politicians!
    Last edited by Piel; 06-10-2006 at 03:54 PM.

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    Da' Spellin' Homegirl Grgranny's Avatar
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    We do have water mocassins and cottonmouths, and one I think is called hognose or something like that. I forget which is poisonous, I think maybe the cottonmouth. They're more around water too. My "kids" got a lot done. I have been making myself go out on the patio.

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    Hognose are not venomous, cottonmouths are pitvipers like copperheads and rattlesnakes and are poisonous. Water moccasins are in some areas the same things as cottonmouths and in other areas are a nonpoisonous water snake. I don't trust or like any of them.....just as afraid of a baby garter snake as I would be of a king cobra.

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