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A snake amongst my orchid pots!

This is a discussion on A snake amongst my orchid pots! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Though startling if you don't know it is there, a snake simply means that it ...

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    Though startling if you don't know it is there, a snake simply means that it was either eating mice or insects, etc... or looking for a place hang out that was safe. It is always a good idea to make sure that it is not poisonous though. If you see it again, and are able, snap a photo to post here or get someone who can identify the type of snake it is. If dangerous - remove it. (If not, then remove it or not. I carried the last one we found (well it actually found me!!) in the greenhouse off in a bucket and let it go at the back of my property near some woods. I posted the photo here and Steve and Paul both identified it as a common rat/mouse snake and harmless. It was actually doing me a favor hanging out in the greenhouse. I don't regret taking it away, since my fear of it actually caused much more damage than it did being in the greenhouse. lol. I knocked over so many plants and tossed a seedling across the room. haha...

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    *shudder* We used to have little tree frogs and garden snakes around here when I was younger but they have completely disappeared. Kinda sad, I loved listening to the frogs croak. For me the little snakes that I have come across startle me more than anything. Once I know they're there I'm okay with them. Don't have to worry about them with indoor growing Maybe there is a plus to the Pacific NW after all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    . It was actually doing me a favor hanging out in the greenhouse. I don't regret taking it away, since my fear of it actually caused much more damage than it did being in the greenhouse. lol. I knocked over so many plants and tossed a seedling across the room. haha...
    Just envisioning this made me chuckle!! thanks for the giggle

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    One of the things I liked about living in an apartment building in the middle of a city was the fact that I would not have an accidental encounter with a snake. Until my next door neighbor, we lived on the second floor, told me she encountered a snake on her kitchen floor in the middle of the night during a bathroom run! It turns out that another neighbor kept snakes as pets, many snakes, luckily none poisonious, and one had escaped. It was also the source of our subsequent large and serious mice problem. Same neighbor also raised mice to feed snakes since she thought it was cheaper than buying mice. Mice reproduced faster than consumption rate.

    Turned out she had 50+ snakes in her studio apartment, along with the mouse breeding program, only two electrical outlets ... you get the picture. She and the snakes were evicted. The mice, not so much, a parting gift that kept on giving. - martha

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    I can see BD throwing that poor seedling across the greenhouse. lol I guess we all scream like girls when suprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysbhvn View Post
    Just envisioning this made me chuckle!! thanks for the giggle
    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    I can see BD throwing that poor seedling across the greenhouse. lol I guess we all scream like girls when suprised.
    here is the story and photos....

    cheers,
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    Last year I saw a snake in the greenhouse a garter snake, then could not find it to put it out .
    This year I found a shed skin from it, so it is still in the greenhouse along with a toad and a resident spider, Harvey has a web in a corner of the greenhouse = no fungus knats All I need is some Halloween decorations lolol

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    "here is the story and photos...."

    And you took photographs!!!! Me, I'd probably never set foot in the greenhouse again! And the advice about whether it has a round or slit pupils ... not going to get close enough or stick around long enough to find out.

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    I'd forgotten about that one...lol. Gave me a good laugh again, though. If I ever pick up a pot and a snake jumps out i'm pretty sure my chair is going to leave tracks!

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    So I figure that this little snake can come visit! I don't like it much, I actually yelled when I saw it, but I am aware it won't harm me at all! Martha, I understand how you feel because I don't like snakes either, or rats by the way! I won't kill it, but I won't come near it either. If it's good for my orchids, then I'll let it visit. I love this forum!

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