Snakes On Everything

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

Bull SnakeLate Friday morning, Olivia, our youngest granddaughter, 3½, excitedly ran into the house, yelling "GG , come look! There's a snake on the deck!" GG (short for Grandma Greenberg) immediately texted me a photo. It was a bull snake, a bit over 5 feet long, not uncommon in our neck of the woods. The girls were fascinated, and not too scared, but lost track of it within a couple of minutes.

 

Bull snakes are generally ill-tempered and can be a bit aggressive if they feel threatened. And they will mimic rattlesnakes, with whom they share a superficial resemblance, coiling defensively and beating their tail against the ground to mimic the sound of a rattle. But they're not poisonous.

 

GG, feeling a bit threatened on behalf of the granddaughters, made periodic sweeps around the yard during the day, but the only thing she found was a 4 foot garter snake, a much more common sight around the yard, and he quickly disappeared too. We figured the bull snake, which can travel up to 2 miles a day, had left for more peaceful surroundings.

 

Great White Hunter                           

Bull Snake

 

But yesterday morning, I found him sunning himself on our walkway, and captured him with a snake stick I keep just for situations like this. A quick stuffing into a pillowcase, a brief ride in the car up the road to a secluded field, and he was on his way again. The frogs, field mice, birds and baby bunnies are safe again. And the girls have a great story for show & tell.

 

Posted by
Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-689-4663
www.maryanddick.com

 

Data Source: IRES MLS

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Just for Fun
Location:
Colorado Larimer County Fort Collins Eagle Lake
Groups:
Active Rain Newbies
The Lounge at Active Rain
Addicted to Active Rain
Bananatude
Bartender, Make it a Double
Tags:
bull snake

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
1,765,876
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Not a fan of snakes, and definitely wouldn't stay long enough to figure out what kind. A good story online is about as close as I'll get!

Jun 28, 2015 02:59 AM #18
Rainmaker
1,766,548
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Glad that bull snakes aren't poisonous. I do worry some about rattlesnakes when I'm out hiking--need a refresher first aid course on what to do if I'm 5 miles from the trailhead and bitten!

OK--that's the only bad thought I'm allowing myself today!

Jun 28, 2015 03:31 AM #19
Ambassador
2,841,123
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Grandpa saved the girls - and Grandma too!  Sweet story!

Jun 28, 2015 04:08 AM #20
Ambassador
2,302,041
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Even though I HATE snakes, I am so glad you set him free and didn't chop off his head.  Way to go Grandpa!!!

Jun 28, 2015 04:55 AM #21
Ambassador
2,079,669
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I agree with Belinda, snakes scare the heck out of me and are NOT on my favorite list!

Jun 28, 2015 05:26 AM #22
Ambassador
1,721,102
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Dick - you know them, wow. I strugle with it. My son-in-law knows them well, and quickly figures the danger level. We now do not see them as living in even a small city on the ocean with very-very limited grounds, is not where you normally see them.

Jun 28, 2015 05:35 AM #23
Rainmaker
733,159
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Dick,

officially we don't have any snakes in Hawaii but I know a few individuals who could use a tap or two from the business end of your said "Snake" stick. Thanks for capturing and releasing!

a hui hou,

 

Jun 28, 2015 08:07 AM #24
Ambassador
2,188,882
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Bull snakes are very common in my neck of the woods. I'm not a snake fan. I leave the handling of them to other people. YUCK! You are one brave guy, Dick. 

On a lighter note...I haven't listened to Little Feat in a very long time. That was a treat that might have me searching for some older CDs tonight. 

Jun 28, 2015 09:28 AM #25
Ambassador
3,782,982
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dick garter snakes can be very aggressive as well at even smaller sizes than the 4 footer you ran into.

Jun 28, 2015 09:31 AM #26
Rainmaker
176,744
Kim Johnson
Realty Associates of Florida I Inc. - Coral Springs, FL
Selling South Florida

OMG! I am seriously afraid of all snakes! I would have passed out at the sight of either of your snakes! Glad you relocated them!

Jun 28, 2015 10:08 AM #27
Rainmaker
2,975,217
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I HATE snakes and am scared to death, got bit once and now fear rules the roost. I am glad we dont have any of those here, 

Jun 28, 2015 10:25 AM #28
Rainmaker
1,143,921
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Good story Dick and smart of you to keep a snake stick around. I usually dont see many down here but occasionally do see some

Jun 28, 2015 01:00 PM #29
Ambassador
670,099
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Not a big fan of snakes Dick Greenberg , yet this is a great story about them. I bet Olivia was excited! I haven't seen any snakes lately. We use to see garter snakes all the time. It seemed every yard had them. 

Jun 29, 2015 04:26 AM #30
Rainmaker
2,107,559
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Just the fact that you own a "snake stick" is disturbing to me.  LOL 

I'm glad I don't have enough snakes that I require a stick!

Jun 29, 2015 09:26 AM #31
Ambassador
1,343,344
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

And YOU had a great show&tell story, too! GG ("Great" grandad as in SuperHero) to the rescue!

Jun 29, 2015 02:47 PM #32
Rainmaker
3,195,354
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dick the last time I saw a Snake was in Ranger School in Florida.... I mean from close up...that was in the year 1979 and I was fine not being close to them since...Endre

Jun 29, 2015 04:32 PM #33
Ambassador
3,982,858
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Love the story Dick. I know you came out as a hero containing the snake and taking him to other parts. I hope he isn't like a dog or cat and remembers his way home.

Jun 30, 2015 04:50 AM #34
Ambassador
3,675,572
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Dick, at least he stayed outdoors!  And what a beautiful pattern on his skin.  Glad he's found a new home.

Jul 01, 2015 02:23 AM #35
Rainer
355,882
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Dick, you are a much braver soul than I would be. I usually turn tail and run at the sight of them... On second thought, I suppose I'd force myself to deal with it if my grandkids were nearby!

Jul 01, 2015 03:04 AM #36
Ambassador
1,703,460
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Don't let Tom White fool you. He'd have the situation well under control. Although, he is a bit of a screamer.

Jul 04, 2015 03:56 AM #37
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Ambassador
2,770,293

Dick Greenberg

Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
Have Questions? Need Answers? We'd Love To Help.
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information