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SurferJoe46
17-08-2010, 04:31 AM
...and I'm tossing food into the water for the fish and up pops a juvenile rattle snake. :eek:

I dislike immature rattlers since they haven't learned to minimize the amount of venom they use and they are the most likely to kill a human. Even dogs and farm animals die from their bites every season.

Pigs however are immune to their bites and they will actually kill snakes and eat them for snacks.

Needless to say he had to go. Actually - 'headless' he had to go. And he did.

Kinda unnerving to find a rattler that close to my bare feet in slippers and me not EVEN expecting it to pop up from in the water.

Erayd
17-08-2010, 04:58 AM
You'll just have to move down here SJ - no snakes in NZ (except of the political kind) :D.

SurferJoe46
17-08-2010, 05:35 AM
You'll just have to move down here SJ - no snakes in NZ (except of the political kind) :D.

My next shipment of Cherry KoolAid will contain some rattlesnake eggs then.

Who wants the next care package?

Youse guys got life too easy if there's not an element of life-or-death when you go outside and feed your fishes.

One day I stepped outside off a porch and right onto a full-growed rattler - right smack-dab on it's head so it never had a chance to bite me.

It did - HOWEVER - wrap itself tightly around my leg and was thrashing about quite so.

Unnerved me just a bit. :eek:

The next immediate thought in my mind was 'how to I UNstep off of it?' I'm not fast enough even in my prime lightning-boy speed days to get away fast enough without getting bit.

In the words of the late-great Richard Pryor speaking about setting his 'Fro on fire whilst free-basing: "Sometimes you can be motivated" - and I was since I am here to talk about it.

jareemon
17-08-2010, 01:19 PM
I'VE HAD IT WITH THESE M*F*N SNAKES,
ON THIS M*F*N DOORMAT

SP8's
17-08-2010, 06:40 PM
Just pull the .44mag outa ya holster and say .... Feeling lucky PUNK !!

EX-WESTY
17-08-2010, 08:25 PM
What was a car dealer doing beside your porch?

icow
17-08-2010, 08:29 PM
I'VE HAD IT WITH THESE M*F*N SNAKES,
ON THIS M*F*N DOORMAT


Just pull the .44mag outa ya holster and say .... Feeling lucky PUNK

:lol: +1 :thumbs:

SurferJoe46
18-08-2010, 04:50 AM
What was a car dealer doing beside your porch?

I had to actually stare at this for a few moments. The meaning escaped me and until I made the association - well, that was cute.

But we have scorpions here that once they serve their penance, become used car dealers.

tut
18-08-2010, 05:11 AM
The suspense is killing me. How did you get your foot of the rattler witout getting bit?.

prefect
18-08-2010, 09:22 AM
What was a real estate agent doing beside your porch?

SurferJoe46
18-08-2010, 03:44 PM
The suspense is killing me. How did you get your foot of the rattler witout getting bit?.

I had my 5-year old daughter pass me a stiff broom and I unwrapped the snake while I slid my foot back a little bit and held it's head down with the bristles of the broom.

I jumped straight up and gave the broom a big push at the same time --- and I made it.

The snake was a little miffed and slithered away - but I felt pretty good after I started breathing again.

Once in a while when I go trout fishing I get a juvenile rattler grab at me but they aren't really fast enough in the cooler months before the hotter weather. I did wind up with a broken off fang in my boot once from one of them though.

Nasty little buggers.

tut
18-08-2010, 07:28 PM
Well done.

Thebananamonkey
18-08-2010, 11:03 PM
I had my 5-year old daughter pass me a stiff broom and I unwrapped the snake while I slid my foot back a little bit and held it's head down with the bristles of the broom.

I jumped straight up and gave the broom a big push at the same time --- and I made it.

You couldn't have just stepped a little bit harder? How solid are their skulls?

It's my one completely non-negotiable phobia. Went to a zoo in Australia once and was offered a touch of one. The woman looked offended when I didn't even humour her...

In unrelated news: Penguin promoted to Colonel-in-Chief in Norwegian Military (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nils_Olav),Goat makes it back to uncommissioned officer after military hearing. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Windsor_%28goat%29)

SurferJoe46
19-08-2010, 02:34 AM
You couldn't have just stepped a little bit harder? How solid are their skulls?

It's my one completely non-negotiable phobia. Went to a zoo in Australia once and was offered a touch of one. The woman looked offended when I didn't even humour her...

In unrelated news: Penguin promoted to Colonel-in-Chief in Norwegian Military (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nils_Olav),Goat makes it back to uncommissioned officer after military hearing. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Windsor_%28goat%29)

I had a pair of those shower shoes we call 'flip-flops' that are made from a foam rubber of sorts and are just a flat platform with rubber straps over the foot to keep it on.

http://images.sodahead.com/polls/000403565/polls_shower_shoes_5507_401237_answer_3_xlarge.jpe g

There wasn't much chance of developing much pressure on the snake's head and besides I worried that he might get out from under soon and I don't think I thought of crushing him to death at the moment.

Retaliation would come later - if there was a later.

feersumendjinn
19-08-2010, 02:43 AM
Yeah, we have those shoes, call 'em jandals, and we wear them everywhere (except the shower!).
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/jandal
And the koi carp are considered a pest here (and in Australia).
http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/threats-and-impacts/animal-pests/animal-pests-a-z/fish/facts/koi-carp/

SurferJoe46
19-08-2010, 02:46 AM
Norway?
Penguin?
Knighted?
Penguin?
Regimental Sergeant Major?
Penguin?
Two bronze statues?
Penguin?
Promoted to Colonel-in-Chief
Penguin?

Can you interrupt Norway's Aquavit shipping? It must go right past youse guys as it gets shipped from Norway to Australia and then returned to Norway to create that unique flavor when it gets heated in the Equatorial crossing.

It seems they've got too much libation on their hands.

SurferJoe46
20-08-2010, 04:58 AM
And the koi carp are considered a pest here (and in Australia).
http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/threats-and-impacts/animal-pests/animal-pests-a-z/fish/facts/koi-carp/

They are here too in the wild. Many people have them in Koi ponds as do I. But I don't like them in the lakes and rivers where I fish.

They tear up the natural fauna and destroy the mating arenas for the indigenous fish in the same waters.

As far as eating them goes - well, typically Caucasian persons such as myself don't like to at them for all the bones.

Middle-Europeans, Latinos and Jewish people consume them the most.

Gefilte Fish (דגים ממולאים) is a cold-processed Kosher food made of carp and most often served during Pesach (פָּסַח) that is sold in the markets. I don't care much for it but it is good-tasting.

I wish many more people would eat a lot more carp. That might cut down the numbers of them in my favorite lakes and streams.

BTW: there is no limit on the number of carp you can catch - and many times tournament fishermen will accidentally catch one and they just toss them up on the shore to die or feed the coyotes and birds.

It's all a good thing. Somebody's gotta take care of feeding the coyotes.

sarel
20-08-2010, 08:58 AM
Joe, soak the carp fillets in vinegar for about 6 hrs, and then in milk for about six to 12 hours, and you will have no bones plus a very tasty piece of fish

sarel

SurferJoe46
20-08-2010, 09:07 AM
Joe, soak the carp fillets in vinegar for about 6 hrs, and then in milk for about six to 12 hours, and you will have no bones plus a very tasty piece of fish

sarel

Seems like a shameful waste of vinegar and milk.

The acid in the vinegar must soften or dissolve the bones I guess and the lactic acid neutralizes the situation - right?

jareemon
20-08-2010, 10:58 AM
Yeah, we have those shoes, call 'em jandals, and we wear them everywhere (except the shower!).
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/jandal
And the koi carp are considered a pest here (and in Australia).
http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/threats-and-impacts/animal-pests/animal-pests-a-z/fish/facts/koi-carp/

Its sometimes customary to wear jandals in public showers for hygene reasons

sarel
20-08-2010, 02:18 PM
Yup Joe, you've got it.

sarel