Snakes On Everything

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.


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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.


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Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or - 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
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
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