Off topic: Storytime-My Pets the stress relievers

By Nick1962 Latest Reply 2012-04-12 21:34:07 -0500
Started 2012-04-03 19:17:02 -0500

Last Friday night I was doing my weekly chores of mopping the floor (exciting life, I know) and I had to stop to let one of my pets get out of the way. Now most people have dogs, cats, birds and the like, but this particular stray happens to be a spider. I’m a humane type person and don’t believe in killing things just because I can (all creatures great and small, right?) so I typically would capture the creepy crawlies around the house in a cup and gently escort them outside. But I’m also lazy, so if it is something like a tiny harmless spider, I may let him (or her) hang out. Now I don’t have a dirty house full of spider webs, but I also don’t have flies, mosquitoes, cinch bugs, or other pests either. So I found myself telling Mr. Spider, out loud even, “c’mon, move up the wall or you’ll get mopped”. So of the two spiders I know of, we have a deal – they can hang out in the warm, dry house and eat anything they catch, as long as they don’t crawl in my mouth while I’m asleep. It’s been working out pretty good so far. I think.

Occasionally at the end of the summer, at least one of the family of the southeastern five-lined skinks (a salamander/gecko/lizard type critter about 5” long) that patrols my foundation for bugs manages to squeeze into the house to take a look see. Usually he stays outside getting anything that attempts to crawl under the house siding. It’s fruitless trying to catch him, the little bugger is too fast, so I tell him to eat up and get out, and he usually leaves in a day or two (when he realizes he’s almost too fat to slide through the hole he found to get in). Trouble is he poops. Can you litter box train a skink? Amazingly I don’t have ants or any other creepy crawlies either. Between Mr. Spider and Mr. Skink, they keep the place pretty bug free.

I have my outside pets too. Each year a family of toads takes up residence under the splash blocks of my downspouts. Each time I cut the grass I have to herd them from the safety of their chosen spots to a safe hiding place so I don’t get them with the mower or weed whacker. I have actually built homes for them in the landscape areas that I don’t mow, but they won’t use them. After 10 years I’ve never hit one! But I have taken the bright blue tail off a slow skink or two by accident. Cool thing I discovered about these toads is they can change colors. I noticed a strange bump on one of me downspouts once while I was trimming hedges. Turns out it was a toad that crawled up the downspout and turned exactly the same light sandy brown color of the metal. Talented toad.

Once a year Zippy returns to my front bushes. Zippy is a non-poisonous zipper spider about 3 inches long that looks kind of menacing with an all black body and bright yellow markings, but weaves this cool zipper like pattern into her web. Turns out she is a natural at pest control, and I’ve even seen her catch and devour a moth. Now I know it’s not the same one each year, but I find it kind of cool that they always pick the same spot. I wonder if the mark their territory. Every now and then I’ll catch her sunbathing in the middle of her web and I’ll twang on it to catch her reaction. She just raises one leg a bit (I think she knows I’m messing with her, probably an obscene gesture in spider language).

Then there’s the praying mantis that sits on my woodpile. He’s a male (he’s brown not green) and I suspect he hangs out by me because if he goes home his wife will eat him (they do that you know). He hunts at night and stays perfectly still in the day. I noticed him while cutting lawn one day and I watched him for a good 20 minutes. And he, in turn watched me back. If I moved my head, he moved his – his beady little eyes following my every move. I offered him a leaf, but I don’t think he likes them. He comes and goes, but I get one at least every summer if I look around enough.

Every fall comes the invasion of lady bugs. They say its good luck if one lands on you, so I don’t much mind them until they try to get in the house. They all end up on the window. I don’t get it, why try to get in if all you do is look out? Unlike Mr. Toad and Mr. Skink, they don’t have a prearranged rental agreement with me to stay in the house, so they get herded into the bug box and taken outside.

For me my “pets” are great stress relievers, and I see them every day (almost). Some days I just walk around the house after work to see who’s where. So how about you? Any unusual things you call pets? How do yours help with stress?

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watson4042 2012-04-06 01:52:24 -0500 Report

i live in northern california and the area aroung my home is pretty much for horses, cows, llamas, sheep and goats. we had a goat but gave her to a new family so she could have company. we'd had chickens (loved the fresh eggs) but the foxes got them all. the neighbor dog ate one. i hear coyotes in the near distance. it's a small pack of about 8 or so. haven't heard any stories about the coyotes killing live stock. most stories have to do with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and how they're not doing a good job on the wild horse roundups. one colt saved from death, named Honey Bandit, has been a featured topic in the local newpaper. the owner even went
before a congressional hearing on the BLM with the horses story. but at my house it's all cats and dogs; with toads and frogs and the absolute largest grey squirrel you ever saw; so big that when the alpa cat saw it through the window, she jumped and fell of the window sill and ran for cover. :) the dogs love trying to scare the birds on the lawn (they can't catch them) it's all about the perspection of the bark. won't let the dogs out when the deer are in the pasture. we have 2 groups; one is an old buck with a rack of at least 15 inches with 4 does. the other is a young buck with 3 does. i love watching them. the bed down in the wild fig trees in the pasture. we also have some gigantic quail coveys around the area. always have to stay alert when driving especially at night, they can be on the road in a instant! but the best scenery is the stars, without city lights around they are nothing less than fantastic. wish you could see!

Nick1962 2012-04-06 09:18:27 -0500 Report

Spent some time on a hobby farm myself. Goats are the coolest animals, i might just prefer them to dogs. We had a pack (?) of Nubians, and one gave birth. sat with two kids in my lap by the mother all night long to let her recover. Everey so often one of the kids would bleet out and the mother would respond just to be sure they were near. No sleep that night. By the next morning, mother was eating again and the kids were shakily on their legs. Funny when they discover their muscles, they just spring straight up in the air.

watson4042 2012-04-06 12:26:12 -0500 Report

sandy the goat was very cool. she got so lonely after the chickens were gone, she'd stand in a corner of the pasture and just bleet, it made me sad and giveing her to a new home with another goat was the best thing for her, but i still miss her and the chickens.

Nick1962 2012-04-06 14:04:52 -0500 Report

I know what you mean. We actually played with the goats, but you had to be carefull, they pack a wallop if they decide they're going to take you down.

watson4042 2012-04-07 14:10:23 -0500 Report

too true. my girlfriend got tossed 50 feet when the goat hooked her with her horns. she wasn't hurt but had the mother of all bruises.

Caroltoo 2012-04-05 20:44:22 -0500 Report

I grew up in a part of Southern California that was blanketed in lemon and orange groves. Home was a little house on two acres of land in the midst of acres of lemons and oranges. No people around, so the animals were my friends. We had a Nubian goat named Wiggie (for her chin whiskers). One of our "games" was for the two of us to get up on her goat house roof (over-sized dog house construction) and see which of us could push the other off. We were pretty evenly matched until she pushed me off into a patch of nettles one spring morning. I didn't want to play that game after that cause the nettles kept growing and really stung badly.

Caroltoo 2012-04-05 16:12:33 -0500 Report

Take a look at this clip a friend sent me this morning … it's a polar bear playing through the glass of his tank in the San Diego Zoo with a child and her teddy bear. Just darling!

Young1s 2012-04-05 16:39:09 -0500 Report

That was adorable.

jayabee52 2012-04-05 17:25:49 -0500 Report

didn't the polar bear take a swipe at the teddy a couple of times? Looked like it to me!

Caroltoo 2012-04-05 19:26:23 -0500 Report

You could see his frustration level rising especially in the last minute of the clip. He couldn't get to it. Cute as it was, I too read some aggressiveness there. It looked like love at first sight, until you watched it closely … but then, most people won't catch that part of it.

Young1s 2012-04-05 17:44:08 -0500 Report

LOL! Yeah…you did. I think I also saw it biting at the glass too. I just figured it realized there was no getting at it, so that's when it starting doing all the cute rotations.

jigsaw 2012-04-05 07:11:08 -0500 Report

Hey! Does Nick look like Swiss cheese ?

Nick1962 2012-04-05 08:21:02 -0500 Report

???? BG low again jigsaw? or were you up late last night and sleep deprived?

jigsaw 2012-04-05 08:41:11 -0500 Report

Good morning Nick! You made it sound like the ants swarmed over your body! Bg is great! How is yours!!

Nick1962 2012-04-05 09:09:03 -0500 Report

Morning Jigsaw! At 78 and holding this morning. Now I get it. the last time I got swarmed I was in an old family cemetary for a construction project. One of the guys i was with turned and said "hey, watch…" and before he finished his sentence he had his giant hands around my knee trying to prevent the little naties from crawling any further up my leg. We got my pants leg up and brushed them off, but up to the point where he had his hands it was a grusome looking thing.

jigsaw 2012-04-05 10:49:42 -0500 Report

Glad he helped you out! They do give a painful bite.
You know, my humor can be a bit strange, a little dry, and slightly warped at times ! Trust me, I am coherent and not insulting without good cause, and only one low bg ever. I double dosed on insulin and experienced a sudden drop to a bg of 40. Not to worry, I knew exactly what to do. I took a bite out of my wife (she can be very sweet at times) and my sugar shot right back up! Actually i had a few scoops of peanut butter and some hard candies with crackers over about an hour or so. Not a good experience.

Nick1962 2012-04-05 11:17:42 -0500 Report

Yeah, me too! Even though the project is long over,we still remain friends. Must have been a sight the four of us jumping around like teen club dancers with one holding fast to my leg. We get into this kind of thing frequently and carry all sorts of remedies and pens. Had over 150 bites between my ankle and knee. One of the crew carries a paste of charcoal and baby oil, works like a charm on removing the poison.
I get your humor and was in no way insulted, comment just looked funny out of context.
I get lows occasionally (but it's been a while, hoping its part of a remission process), and the worst ones feel like I'm drunk. Marmelade on a bagel fixed it.
And stop biting your wife, I'm sure she doesn't appreciate it.

jigsaw 2012-04-05 07:08:58 -0500 Report

Don't worry, Big Al would save you! (-; I eat 500 lb spiders for lunch!!! They're low carb and hi protien!

Caroltoo 2012-04-04 16:56:03 -0500 Report

When Nick first posted this I shared my story about adopting Pippin, our current cat, and the love that developed between him and Wayne on his first day with us.

Then I mentioned geckos and Red Flower Lady asked if they were pets … well not really, but they do live with us. Mostly they taunt the cat from a distance and he ends up flinging himself at the wall trying to catch them. I have a South American tapestry handing from the wall at the foot of our stairs and I frequently find it on the floor as a result of a gecko/cat interaction during the night.

Usually, the geckos are able to stay on our walls and ceilings without falling, but one night I did have a small one slip off and land in my hair. I think I probably scared him even more than he scared me … cause I came up off the bed wildly tossing my hair around to get whatever critter was lodged there off me. Poor gecko wished he had wings as he was thrown across the room.

Which brings me to the story of the centipede which crawled out from inside my pillow one night and bit me on my upper arm so hard that I bled. He was caught with long handled tongs and got flushed … very painful, so had no sympathy for him.

Here in Hawaii, we live with our doors and windows open much of the year and life ebbs and flows in and out. When I breakfast on the lanai, I take bread along and have a flock of doves (large and small), cardinals, bulbos, finches, and Javanese sparrows flock down to the table. I've had doves land on my lap and sit on my shoulders when they were really hungry and I was holding a piece of bread. The cardinals (full red and red hooded varieties) and bulbos are a little more aloof. They check out the food situation and sneak in to grab a piece, then go away to eat.

On the lake in front of the house there are Hawaiian Mallards whose feather patterns are more like a Maori tattoo than the usual pattern of the Mallards; also see Ala`a (Hawaiian coot with red instead of white markings and black feathers), the stilt bird (white, looks like a small crane standing on incredibly skinny legs with backward facing knee caps — I laugh every time I watch them walk), and night heron who can be heard calling in the moonlight at they fish for their dinners.

Our livingroom is two story with large windows and sliding doors so that the staircase between the first and second floors is visible from the grass outside. After living here a few months and feeding the ducks in the mornings, I found that they waited by the water where they were safer, but the moment they saw me start walking down those inside stairs, they came running for breakfast.

When I was finished feeding them their daily bread, they would hang around and beg for more. I finally started raising my hands and showing them they were empty when I was finished with the food. They learned that "all gone" gesture and would just hunt around on the ground for lefovers after they saw the empty hands and heard me say "All gone." Yes, we live with nature and love it!

Nick1962 2012-04-04 18:24:44 -0500 Report

Yes, nature is a wonderful thing if we learn to stop and interact with it. One of the things I can do now that I'm off the meds that prevented me from being in the sun is lay out in the yard and catch a tan from time to time. Once you get your face right in the grass, there are just so many amazing little worlds crawling around down there.

jigsaw 2012-04-04 20:35:48 -0500 Report

No one mentioned Buzzards! You must have some of those jumbos gliding through the air currents looking for carrion? They're not very pretty, but they are amazing. Great clean up crews to have patrolling the area!

jigsaw 2012-04-05 06:57:34 -0500 Report

They're great to have around! Had a dead possum out in the street. The buzzards cleaned it up in no time. They don't bother anybody, they just look like exceptionally ugly turkeys! Oh, I heard they have very bad breath, but who is going to get close enough to confirm.

GabbyPA 2012-04-04 15:52:00 -0500 Report

There were so many comments on this one I had to stop and read for a while. How neat. And you don't have to take your pets to the vet or get them shots. Very clever of you I think.

I used to have a spider when I was a kid. I called it a jumping spider and it was black and white with these incredible iridescent green eyes. I liked playing with it on the outdoor porch. Then my first snake pet (we have two now) was one my brother caught while we were hunting for night crawlers when we were just kids. He took it to my mom, thrilled at the BIG worm he found.

Pets, in any package, are great to have around. The two snakes we have now are more than willing to give neck massages. They don't charge me a bit and they never seem to tire of it. Of course I have a more traditional pet, but the unusual ones are more fun to talk about.

Nick1962 2012-04-04 16:03:37 -0500 Report

I don't think I could get away with snakes, but we did have a pair of minature turtles for a while. Whenever I cleaned fresh shrimp I'd throw the tails in for them and they'd just go to town. Neighbor across the street had a huge snake, about 6 feet long. Got out once and they found it weaved in the fence (I don't think the snake was right in the head).

GabbyPA 2012-04-04 16:06:01 -0500 Report

Ours are about 5 feet, but they are very cool. I had turtles as a kid and I rescued a wee one years ago that was the size of a peanut. Just one nut of the peanut. We grew him up and eventually let him go into our pond. That was a cool adventure.

tabby9146 2012-04-04 10:35:52 -0500 Report

the only cute pet stories I have are my two inside cats, and right now temporarily, we have 3 kittens and my son's cat Alexa, the momma..and Lil Bit this half grown or a little more than that now, black kitten we rescued and nursed back to health, she had gotten into something and was very ill for a few days. They are alwys doing funny things. It will be sad when the kittens are all gone. They are 5 weeks old, one more week and they all have good homes to go to. We love spending as much time with them as possible, in the fence in the back yard. I know the mom will miss them, and I dread seeing the look on her face three times, as they are leaving and she is wondering what is happening and where they are. I just hope she forgets about them soon after they are gone. Who knows what they remember and for how long.

cavie2 2012-04-04 11:29:24 -0500 Report

Kittens and pups should never be taken away from the mother when she is there, she could be distracted or taken into another room out of the way.

dietcherry 2012-04-04 10:16:24 -0500 Report

I had a wild baby bunny in the house Sunday night and a skink came calling Monday night. Bunny suffered a premature death thanks to my cat Rufus but the skink made it out safely in a cup!

I live in the NC woods and get all forms of flora and fauna in and about the house :)

Nick1962 2012-04-04 10:32:18 -0500 Report

Ain't them skinks just a hoot! I get the pretty blue ones and the striped brown ones. The brown ones bite!

dietcherry 2012-04-04 10:36:27 -0500 Report

My houseguest was black/brown with a bit of electric blue down his spine. A hybrid ?? He was either sleeping or tuckered out when I turned on the kitchen light and happened on him; I was able to put a cup right down on him and show him the door lol

Young1s 2012-04-04 10:11:45 -0500 Report

I don't have any cute stories like this but I do have some encounters. I've learned to let spiders be, so long as they don't drop down from the ceiling on me. Lady bugs love the flowers in the front yard and the few that have gotten the house do seem to gravitate to the windows. I think it's a form of bug buyers remorse.

My favorite part of the spring and summer is sitting on the sun porch at the back of the house and watching the butterflies, birds, bees, and occasionally cats coming through the yard. I especially love when the cardinals come to visit. They love the our bird bath and mini water fountain.

Even though we're in a very populated part of the city, we're lucky enough to live in an area where we're surrounded by trees, so there's always squirrels frolicking during the day. Then at night, the unlikely's come around: racoons, skunks and sometimes possums. It's all really cool to watch.

Oh yeah. I almost forgot. When it rains, the snails come from nowhere it seems. They're on the ground, on the rock walls, and even in the bushes. There's also garden snakes, slugs (ugh), yard spiders, and moths. These moths get really ridiculous at the end of the summer. It's like the outside windows of the sun porch are party central. I guess I almost forgot about these little guys because they're not amongst my favorite to watch.

Nick1962 2012-04-04 10:34:33 -0500 Report

I get slugs too. they leave their slimy trails all over the place.

jigsaw 2012-04-04 09:09:53 -0500 Report

Interesting blurb there, and put together with much imagination!
I am also a lover of most living things. I don't even harm insects, except when they enter my domain. Even then it matters what type it happens to be. Believe it or not, it even bothers me when I catch a fish, but I eat it or release it. I spend some time justifying a fishy death. Of course I have many of the same critters that you have, living in NC. I even have a blue irridesent skink livng on the porch, and a couple of tree frogs living inside my wifes chimes! My guard critters that help keep mosquitos and flies from entering my home.

Now, about snakes, I have a few of those for sure! Copperheads and Water moccasins. Not to often, but they visit on occaision. Definitely not stress relievers! One came into my dogs pen and bit her on the paw. The poor pooch literally wailed and moaned all the way to the emergency vet. $200 and a few days in pain, she finally recovered. Not to take any chances, I found the snake and sent him to snake heaven. No poisonous snakes allowed on my property! A water moccasin moved under my raised deck in the backyard, and started hunting around. Well, he's with the Copperhead in snake heaven.

Otherwise, I enjoy the Herons, Egrets, Woodpeckers, Osprey, Skinks, Geckos, frogs, toads, giant black & yellow garden spiders, and my little flat green friend!

tabby9146 2012-04-04 10:37:45 -0500 Report

I live close to areas that have egrets, osprey, herons, and pelicans, love them all! hate the snakes and spiders and things like that, like frogs but I don't pick them up, love all birds, ladybugs, crickets.

jigsaw 2012-04-04 18:56:28 -0500 Report

Okay, I wasn't trying to be nosey. I completely understand if you prefer to keep things private.

jigsaw 2012-04-04 11:47:01 -0500 Report

It's probably best not to touch frogs and toads anyway since some are poisenous.
What state are you in?

Nick1962 2012-04-04 09:14:03 -0500 Report

Yeah, I'm still morally wrestling with the fishing. I like to fish, and have had some luck fly fishing. maybe next time I'll just throw a bobber in the water with no hook.

jigsaw 2012-04-04 10:31:12 -0500 Report

I use barbless hooks! They slip right out of the fishes mouth leaving it unharmed!

jigsaw 2012-04-08 08:28:19 -0500 Report

Now that I have have raised some fish in fish tanks, I have lost a fishing partner! My wife grew attached to them, and refuses to fish!

jigsaw 2012-04-04 11:11:03 -0500 Report

I have about 15 pet fish in two large tanks! Four of them are Australian Rainbows that are staring at me as I type on the computer at this moment. The tank is just off the corner of my computer desk. When I'm in the room, they follow me (without leaving the tank of course). If they see their food container, they actually get excited. If you approach the tank and your a stranger, they actually hide. So, they do recognize my face. Totally amazing, I suspect they're alot smarter then one might think and I believe they feel the hook. I don,t think they feel pain like we do though. I read this is due to having a nervous system that is not anywhere as highly developed as ours.
I justify the fish I catch in the following way. They are cannibalistic, if I don't catch and eat them, another fish will. That's a much worse way to go!
Here is a video of my flying pet fish, they're pretty big, so watch out!

jigsaw 2012-04-04 19:13:23 -0500 Report

They are impressive toys. If you got yourself a fairy, where would you play with it. (-;

Nick1962 2012-04-04 19:51:54 -0500 Report

Oh I wouldn't play with it, it would keep my Gogo Yubari action figure (ACTION FIGURE not doll) company on my desk.
Gogo is from the movie Kill Bill and how I got her is a long story.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-04 16:07:53 -0500 Report

You know, I'm affraid of sharks to, don't go into the water after boy scout camping trip, mom and son's only on Catalina Island and a great white kept circling the island the entire weekend! My husband had to show me the newspaper when we reached mainland, and I'm like, I lived it!!! So, sharks and snakes I stay away from.

That was a BIG shark balloon:(

jigsaw 2012-04-04 17:13:04 -0500 Report

When they're in the water and I'm on land, I'm fine. But I'm with you, I stay away from snakes and sharks whenever possible. If I see a big ugly bug, I just call my wife! (-;

jigsaw 2012-04-04 18:52:01 -0500 Report

If they survive the ride through the tube! I really don't have much of a problem with insects, but the shop vac does the job! I have other techniques for poisonous snakes. I'll leave that one to your imagination! Hint…I don't go near them!

jigsaw 2012-04-05 06:38:38 -0500 Report

A very safe distance, you could say a spear of sorts…a bullet! A water moccasin is a very aggressive and nasty snake! They have been known to go after people in some cases. A copperhead will raise it's head and look at you, and show no fear. I've never had one show aggressive tendencies and attack. Racer snakes are cute little buggers! I leave them alone. If a Racer snake sees you, it will probably disappear before you see him! They are quick, and if they could talk, I think they would say see ya buddy, I'm gone!

dietcherry 2012-04-05 09:07:36 -0500 Report

lol I get racer snakes and very occasionally, young copperheads in the yard or on the porches. Mom/Pop are lurking close by I know !

jigsaw 2012-04-05 09:53:12 -0500 Report

a young Copperheads bite can be more dangerous than an adult one! They have no contol over their venom discharge like an adult does.

jigsaw 2012-04-05 15:06:17 -0500 Report

Oh, I had no idea until you said what it was! Maybe an art lesson or two for you and James?

jigsaw 2012-04-12 09:40:31 -0500 Report

You know him ? He's a toilet bowl spider fighter ! He's also known as Harry the plumber.

jayabee52 2012-04-05 13:34:47 -0500 Report

OH, OK, DC! The way it came across TO ME it looked like one snake eating another one How about ~~~~~~~~~~(>< ? LoL! Wierd! I redid the diagram 3 x and couldn't get the symbols to display correctly finally changed to a half parenthesis and it worked OK.

dietcherry 2012-04-05 13:54:39 -0500 Report

haha I know I played around with it too! How about simply: SSSSSSSSS! Could that be the no-symbol-needed, universal, all-encompassing signal to run for your life? ;)

jayabee52 2012-04-05 14:18:14 -0500 Report

only if they're poisonous, DC. While I don't love snakes, I can tolerate them and sometimes have picked up a harmless garter snake. My first wife enjoyed picking them up too.

dietcherry 2012-04-05 14:33:14 -0500 Report

Yes but in the interest of not splitting…tongues…I made that statement. I love snakes—I owned plenty as a teenager.

J Kate
J Kate 2012-04-05 14:21:35 -0500 Report

I love to play with snakes. Gets me major points with my boys… "Oh yeah, my mom isn't scared of snakes!" :)

Caroltoo 2012-04-06 10:53:04 -0500 Report

King snakes make lovely pets. I once played with a family of them. Mother snake was protective like most mommies, but we all did fine together. Great learning experience.

I am desensitized to them because of my mom's efforts to desensitize herself. She was terrified of them when my older sister was a baby, decided to face down that fear, ordered reading materials and learned about them, and got over the fear.

jigsaw 2012-04-06 22:12:23 -0500 Report

My wife spotted a king snake, so far I haven't seen any more copperheads. Probably has to do with them eating coppeheads for dinner!

jigsaw 2012-04-07 05:18:56 -0500 Report

King snakes really do eat Copperheads! They are territorial, and they enjoy an occasional rattle snake or Water Moccasin for dinner also. They really are terrific snakes to have around, especially if you have poisonous snakes in your arera. For the snake lover amongst us, they tame easily!
I was not joking, when I said that my wife saw a King snake on our lawn. So far, I have not seen any copperheads ever since. I haven't seen the King snake either, but hopefully he is still around and raising a family

Caroltoo 2012-04-07 08:35:44 -0500 Report

Interesting. Yes, I can see the territorialism. I knew exactly where to go to find the King snake mother and babies sunning each morning after they slithered out from a hole in the foundation of my neighbor's steps. I'm surprised they can kill the venomous snakes though … must be a mega-bite to the neck/head.

jigsaw 2012-04-07 08:44:46 -0500 Report

I never looked into how they kill poisonous snakes. I'm almost certain they are not affected by the poisons though!

jayabee52 2012-04-05 15:15:26 -0500 Report

Kate, My ex (before we were married — in fact before we were "an item") on campus went to chase a garter snake in the Ann Arbor Arboretum.

She was on a date with a boy from the college we attended and when she caught the garter snake and brought it back to Randy she really freaked him out.

She didn't know he was deathly afraid of snakes and so he brought her home to the college campus immediately. That ended any possibility of a relationship between them. I was, of couirse, glad she did that as I had designs on her anyway (one of the reasons I went to that particular college). And eventually I won her heart. I still marvel at how that worked out for us.

Young1s 2012-04-05 09:16:22 -0500 Report

Both! Love fish and other sea creatures of all kinds. I really like sharks…from afar. I've gone fishing a few times and could never bring myself to touch them. The one time I tried, the fish raised it's gills and I didn't like the way it felt, so I guess that ruined it for me ever trying again. I will bait my own hook though.

jigsaw 2012-04-05 09:58:12 -0500 Report

Sharks are fascinating works of nature! I enjoy watching them also. They do have a rough feel to their skin.
Bait your own hook! That's great!! My wife won't do it.

jigsaw 2012-04-04 13:02:11 -0500 Report

Definitely! I'm going to surprise my grandsons next time they come over for dinner! Gotta see their faces while they're sitting at the table and an airswimmer arrives!
My real fish are to big for hoops. The Australians are as big as my palms. Not trees but hands that is.

dietcherry 2012-04-04 11:22:10 -0500 Report

jigsaw I love the taste of all seafood altho I dont like the killing of any living thing for a meal. Reading your words makes me feel better—thank you :)

dietcherry 2012-04-04 12:32:17 -0500 Report

jigsaw something else I just remembered that someone said to me once: if we were smaller than all the carnivorous animals on the food chain, then they would be hunting us!

jigsaw 2012-04-04 12:55:59 -0500 Report

Same goes for insects! Just imagine if a 500 lb carniverous spider wandering into your room!!! Brings an image to mind of cavie 2 frantically running around the house looking for a shoe to kill it with…

jigsaw 2012-04-04 20:47:15 -0500 Report

Yep, leave the shoes for the spider! Maybe he'll waste time trying to figure which foot to put it on!

jigsaw 2012-04-04 13:52:01 -0500 Report

You would still have a 500 lb hairy carniverous spider chasing you around the neghborhood ! Better put your shoes on first, and then start running!

cavie2 2012-04-04 14:00:36 -0500 Report

Do you think i'm stupid enough tae leave the door open when am running fae an eight eyed eight legged monster of a spider. Am no wan 'o' they stupid females you see in films that run like crazy and keep looking behind them and then trip up and faw flat on ma face. Once that door wiz shut you widnae see me fur stoor. (dust)

Caroltoo 2012-04-04 15:38:29 -0500 Report

Don't think good intentions and closing the door would do much to stop Jigsaw's 500 pound spider!

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