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DON'T BRING PLANTS INDOORS Garden Grass Snakes (also known as Garter Snakes) can be dangerous...

Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why. A couple in Sweetwater, Texas, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze. It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants and when it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa. She let out a very loud scream. The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked to see what the problem was.

She told him there was a snake under the sofa. He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him on the behind. He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor.

His wife thought he had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him to lie still and called an ambulance. The attendants rushed in, wouldn't listen to his protests and loaded him on the stretcher and started carrying him out. About that time the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. That's when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.

The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a neighbor man. He volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch. Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in relief.

But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she felt the snake wriggling around. She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under the sofa.

The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive her. The neighbor's wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery store, saw her husband's mouth on the woman's mouth and slammed her husband in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.

The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed he had been bitten by the snake. She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man's throat.

By now the police had arrived. They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it all happened over a little green snake. The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his sobbing wife.

The little snake again crawled out from under the sofa. One of the policemen drew his gun and fired at it. He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table. The table fell over and the lamp on it shattered and as the bulb broke it started a fire in the drapes. The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and fell through the window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped out and raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the parked police car.

Meanwhile, the burning drapes, were seen by the neighbors who called the fire department. The firemen had started raising the fire truck ladder when they were halfway down the street. The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires and put out the electricity and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block area (but they did get the house fire out). Time passed. Both men were discharged from the hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a new car, and all was right with their world.

A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The husband asked his wife if she thought they should bring in their plants for the night.

That's when she shot him.



Sorry everyone, with all the plant talk on the other topic I couldn't help but to
post this LOL, then again if a frog cen get into a leaf think how much easier
a snake would get in one. I can see you all now doing a thourough check
before you bring them inside
 

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I never bring plants in for the winter.... I hate bugs. One of my girlfriends did that once and I said arn't you scard of the bugs cralwing out of the pot into your living room. I saw her mouth drop open. She put that plant right back outside.
 

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Whew! That wore me out just reading it!
 

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That is too funny!!!!

OK, Seriously, I don't bring plants in anymore.

I had a huge Ivey on my front porch and was afraid it may actually get cold enough to hurt it one night in December 3 years ago. So I picked it up and carried it in. When I set it down my husband gave me the most alarming look and told me to back away from the plant quickly and get the kids out of the room. He grabbed a long handlesd pair of pliers and slowly krept towards the plant. I still couldn't figure out what he was so freaked out by. Then he uses the pliers to reach in the plant and pulls out the biggest rat I have ever seen in my life. I swear the thing was at least a foot long. I FREAKED out. That plant had just been less than an inch from my face, with a gigantic rat in it.

Anyways, he took the rat outside and got rid of it. When he got back in he said that I was too oblivious and was no longer aloowed to bring the plants in.
 

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What a funny story. I stopped bring my plants inside a couple of years ago because of lizards and frogs. These days I just cover them up or move them under the stoop and cover them.

We have an old swing set left from the kids. We have been thinking about putting it on the street for the trash collection, but I told my husband the other day that I think I will take the frame and make a make-shift greenhouse for the plants this winter. I'll let you know how it works.
 

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That was just so funny, thanks for sharing it, the laugh was good for us


Ya know I have been here in the US now for over 3 years and I have never seen a snake or a rat. Back home in Australia snakes were common everywhere, even in the suburbs and our snakes are all poisonous too. If you had chickens you were certain to have rats about the place too. As for spiders and other bugs well I am yet to see a spider that matches our Aussie ones. I guess if I moved about the country a little I would be sure to see a lot more of the wildlife here.
 

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Originally posted by abkadefkey@Oct 17 2005, 01:05 PM
That is too funny!!!!

OK, Seriously,  I don't bring plants in anymore.

I had a huge Ivey on my front porch and was afraid it may actually get cold enough to hurt it one night in December 3 years ago.  So I picked it up and carried it in.  When I set it down my husband gave me the most alarming look and told me to back away from the plant quickly and get the kids out of the room.  He grabbed a long handlesd pair of pliers and slowly krept towards the plant.  I still couldn't figure out what he was so freaked out by.  Then he uses the pliers to reach in the plant and pulls out the biggest rat I have ever seen in my life.  I swear the thing was at least a foot long.  I FREAKED out.  That plant had just been less than an inch from my face, with a gigantic rat in it.

Anyways, he took the rat outside and got rid of it.  When he got back in he said that I was too oblivious and was no longer aloowed to bring the plants in.
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gee and I was worried about bugs... I would have passed out.
 
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