Thursday, May 19, 2011

What a nice neighbor

So I come home today and find a 5 gallon pail with a lid on it on my driveway. The lid was held down with a chunk of firewood, and a note from my neighhbor which read: "Caution! Big snake inside! 10 foot!"

That's odd, I think.

I nudge it, and something inside it moves.

Yep. Definitely odd.

So I cautiously pop the lid and I look inside.'s a snake. It's black, so I'm guessing that it's a black snake. Because it's black. It's only about 6 feet long though. It doesn't look happy.

I let Murphy check it out. He cautiously peered into the pail and jumped back as if to say: "Oh, HELL no!"

So I took it out and turned it loose by some big rocks on my land.
Now it's presumably happy. The blue jays, however, have yet to stop screaming.

Now I have to figure out what to get my nice neighbor in return. Anyone got a spare skunk they're not using?


  1. I could maybe come up with army ants and a jar of peanut butter.

  2. LOL! I don't mind the black snakes around here, they do seem to have a direct correlation to the mice that get into the garage.

    However, the "Bucket o' Snake" TM I would think is not a neighborly thing to do!

  3. If you get your nice neighbor a skunk, be sure to put it in a bucket with a note that says, "Caution, angry skunk inside!"

  4. Well, I guess it's better than the dead opossum I found in my front yard earlier this week.

    His/its entrails leaking out suggested to me he/it didn't expire from natural causes there.

    Thankfully, the garbage collectors (or animal control) took the bagged vermin away sometime today.

  5. Had a lab/shepard mix that hunted copperheads in the pond for fun.

  6. Black Rat Snake, Elaphe Obsoleta. I've had various rat snakes as pets; they're docile and not inclined to bite, even when you first capture them. Nice to have around if you have a problem with mice or rats.

  7. I could get you a skunk within three days.

    Shipping it though.

    I'm not that pissed off at government or business carriers.

  8. Hmm.

    You sure that's not some sort of West Virginia courtship gambit?