I don't like Spiders and Snakes....
but the fact of the matter is if you are possessed by the Gardening Bug,
(talk about an oxymoron),
then you have to deal with them, right?

I thought I'd share my gruesome snake story with you today.
(Inez...don't read this)

One time (at band camp...no...wrong story) approximately two years ago, Dan & I were
clearing out the east side of our garden.  This entailed pulling out shrubs, weeding
and just generally stripping it for a clean slate.
It was beautiful when we moved in, however, the shrubs were placed so close together that it quickly became a little forest in the front yard we couldn't keep up with!
So, there's Dan getting rid of the Juniper bush in the middle of this space and
he is cleaning out around where the trunk of it was when he pulled out
a bunch of straw/hay, fluff, etc.
Dan says, "Hmmm...there must have been bunnies living under this bush."
I say, "Huh."
Off he goes to the garage for something or other and I continue to do my
part...raking, when out of the corner of my eye I spy a movement.
It was a SNAKE slithering up the stairs of our front porch!
Not your average garter snake....Oh nohoho!
This snake was like 3 "inches" wide by about 4 "feet" long!
Now picture this....
I'm standing about 15 feet away from it and saying tremulously,
"Da-a-an!  Can you co-ome quick?"
He saunters ever so slowly across the garden path in my direction, shaking his head
and looking at me with a sparkle in his eye and I know he's thinking,
"Oh...poor Wendy has found a little snake or spider...here I come....your hero
to save the day...don't be scared wussy girl."
He came around the corner by the porch and his eyes widened (I'm sure his pupils dilated as well) and I watched the shock permeate his being.
HAH!  Wussy boy!
photo from pawild.net
Unfortunately, I was not a blogger at that time and we were in so much shock, we
neglected to take a photo of our snake, but this is what it looked like....
With the help of our neighbour, Michael, they picked it up with a rake and
Dan then grabbed it with two hands and walked it down to the riverbank and let it go
into the brush.  We actually thought it might be a rattler, but it wasn't.
It's an Eastern Milk Snake common to Southern Ontario, however, none of our
neighbours had ever seen one quite so large.
To all the people who frequent our home....don't be scared...we haven't seen even a tiny
version of this snake since that day two years ago!

On to Spiders....
I posted about this last year, but in relevance to my title of I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes, I'll share it quickly with you again....just the photo!
Argiope Aurantia
Yup...found this baby on my basil last year.
If you want to know more about the Argiope Aurantia, please click the photo or name
to be taken to my past posting about this particular lovely.

Just another day in the life right?
5/14/2012 07:18:05 am

Now I remember why I don't like gardening... I found a tiny snake curled under my back door, 10 yrs ago, ever since I've been afraid to open my back door. Well, I'm also afraid of spiders, butterflies, lizards, hummingbirds, etc., etc.

5/17/2012 01:25:32 am

Oh dear! I am afraid of spiders and snakes, but butterflies? hummingbirds? hmmm....you poor girl! xo

5/14/2012 11:32:42 am

I shiver just thinking about it! ewwwwwww! and heebie jeebies!

5/17/2012 01:26:55 am

I know right? Me too! I kept thinking there would be more in our dungeon basement on that side of the house, but Dan assured me there were definitely none...I made him check thoroughly!

5/15/2012 01:52:36 am

Holy crap.a.zoids, I would of freaked out seeing either of these, but that spider would of had me running like a road runner! The worse thing I ever stumbled upon was a Posen sleeping under some shrubs in the garden - I was lucky I got a head start in the other direction before he awakened! But nothing keeps me from my garden, not even a Bee sting in my left ass check last year! Couldn't sit for a days.

5/17/2012 01:29:14 am

You truly do make me laugh! It so sounds like something that would happen to me! But, I'd keep going too. It's funny, I used to run away from a bee, now I'm at one with them...I'll be weeding in the middle of the garden and bumblebees, honey bees, wasps, hornets are all landing on flowers around me, sometimes as close as 6" from my head, but they don't seem to bother me and I don't even flinch now! Weird huh?

5/16/2012 02:25:09 am

I was fine with the snake (since we have a redtail boa) but when you got to the spider!! Oh no HATE, HATE, HATE spiders, nope don't even like to look at pictures of them. That is why when I garden my youngest son or DH have to pull guard duty!!! HA!

5/17/2012 01:31:15 am

Why is it that people are so afraid of something we can step on, yet are okay with a 4' long snake slithering around? It's a crazy phenomena isn't it? We're one hundred times larger and scared to death of spiders! hahaha!

Rukmini Roy
5/16/2012 07:31:54 pm

Honestly, I think this world could have been intact without spiders in the ecological system. They are horrible, bad, ugly and I get goosebumps when I see them. They are from Hell. But I quite like snakes though...they have this charm, a very dark charm in them. hahaha, yeah, Im a bit weird.

5/17/2012 01:33:02 am

I completely agree Rukmini....however, charming or not, I don't want a snake that large ever, ever, ever again near my house! Yikes! Do you have the stereotypical snake charmer ability...I may need your help if it ever comes back?! Hahaha!

5/18/2012 03:53:07 pm

I'm TERRIFIED of snakes!!! I might have passed out if I saw a snake like that in my yard. I nearly fainted when a garter snake slithered across my foot.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

5/21/2012 09:15:39 am

I think I went into shock! It was sooooo big! Thank god we haven't seen it around since or any others! xo


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