Can't Get Enough
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Re: Waaaay O/T - Be careful when you open the hood
Honestly? In the eight years I spent in eastern NC (3 @ Cherry Point & 5 @ Camp Swampy), I only remember coming across one... and that was by my neighbors townhouse off Gum Branch Road in J'ville. (Promptly dispatched that boy w/ a round of .45acp snakeshot!)
I also had a few run-ins w/ rattlers on Pendleton & 29 'Stumps' during my first tour, to include one right beside my mailbox. Had to be careful 'messing w/' them - illegal to kill rattlers out there - figures for CA, not content to confine their 'hugging' to bunnies and trees, they hug their snakes too!
The most snakes I ran across have been right here in VA - one Copperhead that dang near got his fangs into my nose!, a nest of baby somethings, and a big ol' black snake that was getting romantic w/ my black Craftsman water hose. The latter one I almost picked up thinking it was the water hose... until it dawned on me that water hoses are NOT tapered on the end. Had a helluva hard time w/ him - he did not want to leave his new 'honey' and I was not about to blast a brand new $15.00 hose! He got down right nasty w/ me when trying to get 'em away from that hose!
But, my hatred of snakes goes back to a little ol' Ohio snake that nailed my trigger finger when I was in high school. Of course, I was mostly to blame, but that did not prevent me from 'roasting' him once returned from getting the obligatory tetanus shot. (I was trying to get our cat to play w/ the snake; the cat, being smarter than me wanted nothing to do w/ said snake, and dumdum me, ended up getting the bite for my trouble. Can you tell I'm not a big fan of cats either?)
I have heard of some pretty atrocious snake stories out of the Lejeune area. Maybe that's why I stayed out of the Croatan and away from the rivers and thus avoided personal experiences.
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