Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring has sprung

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Israel's scorpions and snakes have woken up again, right on time for the official beginning of spring.
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I came home yesterday to find this young snake on my patio, next to my door step.
Yikes!
Where are the cats when you need them?!

Making do with what I had, I dropped a cement block and a balata on the snake.
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I am sorry if this saddens some of the Camera-Critter friends. But I live in a rural setting, in a little house almost right on the ground. And there is just not enough room for me and a venomous snake.
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Happy spring.
P.S. Check out my post about the hunter cat with a live snake in her mouth. It's more fun than this post.

27 comments:

JM said...

It's a beautiful snake but I understand what you've done, especially being a venomous animal...

Misty Dawn said...

Holy cow! I wouldn't want a venomous snake within yards of my house, let alone on my porch! And scorpions too? I think I'd be rather on edge if I lived there.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Dina: There is a definite problem when the snakes try to take over an area.

chubskulit said...

I would have freaked out lol, I have a phobia with snakes..

My Camera Critters post, have a nice Saturday morning.

Nadege said...

You are forgiven because it is a venomous snake.

i beati said...

I have real snake hunters living here. My cats are pros will send them sandy

Yaelian said...

Iik! I wish the winter lasted longer....

lina@happy family said...

It's a venomous snake?
Oh, please be careful...

Kay said...

Yikes! A venomous snake?? You are very brave. I would have run away but then... I'd be stuck wouldn't I? You did the right thing. Cats will scare away snakes?

Robin said...

I believe holy crap is the first thing that popped into my mind. Yikes! (SO SO SO glad I live on a high floor, I would never have been cool-headed enough to kill it.)

VP said...

I can't blame you at all, I would have done the same thing! Where were the cats?

Dina said...

Shalom everyone. I'm really enjoying your reactions. :D
To answer a few questions:
>I can't really complain. It's the first snake I've seen around the house in my 3 1/2 years here.
>As for scorpions, just don't put your fingers under a rock. Flip it with your foot first.
Snakes should move away if they feel you coming. In outback Australia they taught me to hike with a big walking stick, thumping the ground with it every two steps.
>Yes, a smart cat will kill and eat a snake.
>Don't know where the neighborhood cats were yesterday.
>I wasn't really that brave since the snake seemed half asleep.
Anyway, I had lots of practice getting rid of snakes as a livestock volunteer at Heifer Ranch, Arkansas.

Kate said...

Venomous is NOT good!

Reader Wil said...

Oh, I can understand that you want to get rid of that animal. I hate snakes. That's what I don't like in tropical areas like Indonesia where I had lived for 12 years before coming to the Netherlands.Have a great day!

Carolyn Ford said...

Yikes! I would have been a bit on edge too! But, ouch! for the snake...the nervousness would probably have caused me to drop the dang block on my own foot! Great aim, Dina!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Yikes, is an understatement, I would not want to share my house with a venomous or a non-venomous snake, I love nature but I don't like snakes much.

Ann said...

Eeek. Venomous! I hate snakes. Think I would have panicked and run to the neighbours.

Pietro said...

You are really courageous, Dina.

Jørgen Carlsen said...

I guess the cats were sleeping...

Ann said...

I would do the same too, especailly since I grew up in Borneo.

Lucky for me, there is no snakes in New Zealand.

Rob and Mandy said...

Careful there! I had a very bad experience with one of these critters near Eilat, had to be airlifted to the Hadassah Hospital, where I spent 3 weeks, and made many friends!

Willard said...

One does definitely not want a venomous snake for a neighbor.

jenn said...

We love snakes, but not the poisonous kinds. I would have made my husband kill it, too.

Suzanne said...

I SO agree. Almost as scary as scorpians in Darjat.

spacedlaw said...

Poor snake, not quite awake and already with a tremendous headache!

katney said...

I have to say, it is a different look at spring while lots of us are obsessing over a clear sky view or a bud about to burst.

Leif Hagen said...

Yikes! I hate snakes! Or is it an asp?