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Snake in my orchid greenhouse

This is a discussion on Snake in my orchid greenhouse within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Originally Posted by Tom-19951 That is so funny! I wish I were there to watch ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-19951 View Post
    That is so funny! I wish I were there to watch the show. J/K
    Oh gosh, I must have looked so silly.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks for the good laugh! Funny, funny story and a delight to have a good laugh! Sorry it scared you so. I would have done the same, probably, more so if a spider!

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    I had a bad habit as a child of carrying backyard snakes around in my shirt pocket. They loved the warmth, especially in the morning. It was only a bad idea when I came into the house and forgot to remove the snake. Somehow my mother was never amused as I walked by her, snake peeking out the top of my shirt pocket.

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    Don't know howI missed this thread. Cute lil bugger.

    Quote Originally Posted by Germinatorman View Post
    I It was only a bad idea when I came into the house and forgot to remove the snake. Somehow my mother was never amused as I walked by her, snake peeking out the top of my shirt pocket.



    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Yes, that is him! So, not poisonous. (Correct term -- "venomous" ) Can they bite still?
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    Sure -- any animal with a mouth can bite. However, the bite from a kitten, pup, or small bird would be far worse than anything that lil guy could do. At that size its teeth would be highly unlikely to even break the skin. As an adult, a bite would puncture the skin. Damage would be on par with getting stabbed/scratched by the thorns of a rose bush.

    If bitten, it is important to overcome the instinctive reaction to pull away. Snake teeth curve backwards like teeny fishing hooks (kind of like cat claws). This is a necessary feature for gripping their food since since they lack both the jaw strength to chew or bite chunks out of prey (as would a snapping turtle or bird) or limbs to hold prey items in place.

    Jerking back from a snake that has latched on causes several issues:
    1) It can cause some teeth to break off in your skin.
    2) It increases the damage to your skin so instead of a bunch of pinpricks you get scratches (again not unlike cat claws) and also drives the teeth in deeper.
    3) Can make it difficult to impossible for the snake to let go. (Since the teeth point backwards, the force exerted on them by you pulling the opposite way can prevent the snake from being able to open its mouth.)

    *NOTE: With regards to the "bacteria in the mouth" concern -- this is an issue with ANY bite whether from a cat, dog, horse, human, whatever. For that matter, bacteria is an issue with wounds from nails or claws. The best thing to do with any type of non-life threating puncture wound is to allow the wound to bleed a bit -- even to the point of gently squeezing around the punctures to induce some bleeding. This helps to flush bacteria (including those living on your skin) and debris out of the wound.

    *Obviously if it is a poisonous snake, the jerking away damage is preferable to allowing the such a snake to inject more venom into you.*

    If a nonvenous snake does latch on to you, the best thing to do is stay still and do NOT pull away. This allows the snake to push its head forward so it can unhook its teeth from you and let go.

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    Awww he's kinda cute! I would certainly be startled as well if a snake fell out of some plants in front of me!!

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    Thanks, Bruce, and everyone else who helped brighten my day! (I guess I should thank the wee little snake, too.) I, too, had missed this last month and just stumbled across it. I can tell that Bruce is theatrically inclined, because he drew out that scene so perfectly.

    I enjoy this site so much - and not just when I'm learning or drooling over pictures. Everyone who shares enriches my experience. Thanks to all!

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    So glad you survived your scare! I had one of these little snakes in my greenhouse. S/he had curled up on top of a hanging mounted B. nodosa and was quite comfortable until I be-bopped in. Noticed a slight movement in the "cork" mounting, slowly looked up and found a face looking back at me...whoa. Talk about sphincter factor! I took a couple of pictures and the snake left. I had wished s/he had stuck around for last summer's rat invasion/eviction. My reaction to the rat's presence was far more vocal and visceral! Right now, there are a couple of anoles (they do bite, but it's like a rough pinch with no skin breakage) and a rather stubborn Carolina Wren that I find in there. I try to encourage the bird to leave. The lizards should eat more ants and roach babies...earn their keep!

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    I don't have much experience with snakes, there are only a few species in Uk, and only one of them is poisonous, and that never gets into gardens or greenhouses ; grass-snakes ( harmless) used to come into my garden when I lived in the Cotswolds, on the edge of a large open patch of natural grassland - they came for the frogs in my garden pond. But I have seen them in greenhouses in Singapore, where they are thouight to be useful- keep down the vermin ( rats, mice etc ). I went behind the Curator chap who was taking me round, whilst I listened to his explanations - but I think they are likely to be (even) more afraid of us than we are of them.

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    ahhh thank goodness for living in an isolated country! No snakes and no big spiders! although some of those small cute little grass snakes would be cool , but they could still wreak havoc on the native wildlife. A snake turns up in someones bag at the airport-Biosecurity red alert.
    Snakes found in shipping container-National alert with sirens and flashing lights left right and centre, maybe with a few helecopters too. see what i mean?
    awesome snake though, and now to read the story! i hear its a good one Bruce.....

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    Jeese vertical eyes, triangular head or not this could have been a worm and I would not have entered in till the RSPCA or someone else had been in there and moved it. I can safely say if it had been in my house, garden or anywhere within 10ft of my home i would have moved till someone proved it had gone.
    And no i am not exaggerating I really dont know how some of you cope with living in the places you do but i suppose it just becomes a natural occurance when its there all the time.

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