5.27.2009

Snake Update

As you may recall, last Friday I single-handedly wrestled a King Cobra to the ground watched a Decatur Animal Control officer snag a big ol' snake on the courthouse square of Decatur. Many asked what type of snake it was. The answer is: I still don't know. Yesterday, a buddy told me, in all seriousness, that it was some type of python that had probably escaped its owner's home. I told him he was crazy and that was no longer my friend. But some of the mystery as to why there would be a snake under a sidewalk bench in Decatur was revealed this morning. As I was walking to the courthouse, a lady scared the crap out of me by screaming and pointing down. I looked down and saw a pretty good sized mouse run across my foot. I, in turn, screamed like a school girl. So we at least know where his food supply came from. (This message not sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce.)

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Friday morning there was an antique fire truck parked outside of Sweetie Pies on some sort of promotional tour. The snake was discovered after the truck left. My bet is that the snake lived in the barn where the truck is kept and hitched a ride into town.

Anonymous said...

A snake can hear a mouse or rat a mile away Barry. We are up in Montague county, yes, the county that ended up with your former Fire Marshall for a Sheriff, and we see big ol' snakes three or four times a week. As a matter of fact I made my wife come to the door yesterday and have a look at a four footer that had taken up residence on our doormat. Our farm dogs were napping or they would have showed that snake a thing or two. Two days before that I almost stepped in the big middle of a curled up copperhead at the edge of our fence but one of our inside dogs alerted me. Needless to say, it is now an Ex copperhead. It is bereft of life.

Anonymous said...

Looked an awful lot like a bullsnake. Shape of the head, basic coloration, even though this one is darker than normal, the dark patches on the back split up by a lighter patch that forms a "Y" shape on either side going around the body, etc....plus those are native, they get fairly big, eat rodents,

Anonymous said...

I always knew that Decatur was full of Rats and Snakes and now it has been confirmed.

Anonymous said...

Soilent green is made out of people! IT'S PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!

moma247 said...

I'm actually surprised that noone has made a connection between a mouse and Sweetie Pies. Usually there's at least a couple people on here that knock Sweetie Pies any time there's a chance. C'mon, this one's obvious!

Anonymous said...

"I, in turn, screamed like a school girl."
And we at least know where your "intestinal fortitude" comes from! A little ol' mouse made you scream, but not a big ol' snake?

I suppose the reason you didn't wrestle it to the ground was...professional courtesy?


I think 2:19 means former copperhead; there is no such thing as an ex-copperhead
or maybe I'm thinking of a jarhead
;)

2:18
How can a snake hitch a ride - it's got no thumbs!
(crickets chirping)
Oooh...tough crowd

Triple Fake Rodney Daingerfield

Anonymous said...

If you live in the country and wish to keep snakes away, get a flock (at least twenty) of guinea fowl. Ugly little bird that makes a nerve shattering racket, but wonderful at hounding snakes away from the homestead.

Bad news: Foxes and coyotes love guineas, so put them up at night in an enclosure. Also, stay on good terms with the neighbors because your flock will probably go visiting. Frequently.

My Other Brother Darryl

White Coconut said...

I have never eated at Sweetie Pies, and now, I'm not so sure I want to. I know the snake and the rat aren't their fault, but its still not something I want to see just before I eat a nice meal.

Anonymous said...

It was a rat snake. Take a look at the following:
http://www.kingsnake.com/stha/stha-home-page.htm

Anonymous said...

An upper classman in high school, Bear, got a "Don't Tread On Me" tattoo. The tattooist mispelled (hold on, just a joke, misspelled) the word tread.

Anonymous said...

Guineas taste good, especially with fava beans and a nice chianti.

Double Fake Willy E. Coyote

Atticus said...

It was a "King" snake, which are nonposionous. I do not know if it was a male King snake or a female King snake, but I feel confident in my "on sight" identification of a King Snake.

Anonymous said...

"I don't recall being there Friday."

Triple Fake Corby Davidson

Jarhead said...

Nice picture.

Anonymous said...

Hey, stop ripping off my Triple Fake signoff, which I ripped off of Double Fake, which he ripped off of The Ticket's Fake...without permission! (although that was a good one)
I'll have to hire a Quadruple Fake Lawyer to sue yer Quintuple Real Butt!

p.s. Guinea fowl also make good early warning devices. If anything comes close, they sound the alarm!

The real Triple Fake

Anonymous said...

Barry -
Your post was hilarious.
Thank you for giving me a much-needed laugh.
I was actually picturing the whole scene as you described it.

Your self-effacing humor is golden.

chupacabra said...

2:18 says," Friday morning there was an antique fire truck parked outside of Sweetie Pies on some sort of promotional tour. The snake was discovered after the truck left. My bet is that the snake lived in the barn where the truck is kept and hitched a ride into town."

Absolutely correct as random as it sounds. He was obviously what you'd call 'barn fed'. Good eye.

PS it was a bull snake.

Anonymous said...

Is a bull snake anything like a pitbull????? I am just asking. The NFL does not look kindly on people that are mean to pitbulls and bull snakes.

Anonymous said...

2:19--are you 2:58 as well? If not there's two guys out there that got their weed from the same guy!! Funny stuff

Anonymous said...

john lee hooker did crawling kingsnake
... it looks like the 5- 1/2 foot chickensnake that i killed eating my eggs this week.

paradise chicken ranch

janneba said...

This posting was the funniest I have read in a while.

We have guineas and we also have snakes .

Anonymous said...

Well it looks like the little snake we killed last week only bigger and hubby said it was a rat snake. (chicken snake). I hope not to find the mother of that little snake as she would be big like the one on the square.

MarmiteToasty said...

The little cute mouse would of been alright, but NO to the snake :) unless its stuffed and grilled..

x

CaserAnn said...

It's a {insert any farm dwelling pest here} snake

and I'm obviously a professional

Anonymous said...

Barry...I have to ask. Did you simply scream like a school girl or was it more like a school girl in a pretty pink dress??

Anonymous said...

what did they do with the snake?

Anonymous said...

Did someone call Gates, he may want to make a new "law" about it and put signs up.

Candance said...

I wonder if the mouse thing would explain why there was a copperhead outside the elevator in the retirement community where I work.