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Vanity Help identify this snake found in my bedroom! Please!!

Posted on 08/19/2002 5:26:11 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29

light brown/grey snake, no obviously pointed head, skinny about 10-12 inches long, looks like a baby

how can i identify this quickly before I figure out what to do with it.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: snake; snakethread
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1 posted on 08/19/2002 5:26:11 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Put a waste paper basket over it..........slide a cardboard under the basket......bring it outside.......and RUN!!!
2 posted on 08/19/2002 5:28:24 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
A poisonous snake has a triangular head, but it could be some exotic poisonous snake that escaped from a collector. Got a pellet gun?
3 posted on 08/19/2002 5:28:59 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Just take it outside and let it go.
4 posted on 08/19/2002 5:29:10 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
I'm no expert, but stick your finger out and see if it bites.
5 posted on 08/19/2002 5:29:32 PM PDT by TBall
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To: aruanan
are there any obvious markers I can use to identify it?
6 posted on 08/19/2002 5:30:27 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Rule of thumb, if it doesn't have bright colors or gaudy patterns on it, it's probably not poisonous.

Do what OldFriend said.

7 posted on 08/19/2002 5:30:31 PM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Garter snake. They are harmless.

When I was in the fourth grade, I wouldn't think of going to school without one in my pocket.

I had a real mean teacher, but she knew I was armed. : )
8 posted on 08/19/2002 5:30:54 PM PDT by BADJOE
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To: TBall
unnecessary
9 posted on 08/19/2002 5:30:54 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Well, it COULD be an Adder... however, if there are two then they are most likely Multipliers... :0)
10 posted on 08/19/2002 5:31:11 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Snake, bedroom....naw, I am leaving that one alone. Take it outside and let it roam free :)
11 posted on 08/19/2002 5:31:13 PM PDT by chance33_98
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Call your local Animal Control.
12 posted on 08/19/2002 5:31:23 PM PDT by wimpycat
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29; spectre
Ha...need to call Brenda Van Dam...she is an eggspurt...
13 posted on 08/19/2002 5:32:20 PM PDT by FresnoDA
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Its a garter snake take it out side and let it go or throw it in your garden he likes lots of bugs
14 posted on 08/19/2002 5:32:33 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29

Garter snake?

15 posted on 08/19/2002 5:32:35 PM PDT by snippy_about_it
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Non posinous snakes also typically have round eyes.
16 posted on 08/19/2002 5:33:22 PM PDT by Soul Citizen
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To: snippy_about_it
ok...will a garter snake have markings or not? or does it matter? does a baby rattler make rattle noise?
17 posted on 08/19/2002 5:33:49 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Does the alleged snake have any marketable skills?


18 posted on 08/19/2002 5:34:36 PM PDT by Fintan
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To: All
slithering in an 'S' shape on the floor and if it matters, i live in the southwest.
19 posted on 08/19/2002 5:35:20 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
I'm sorry, but seriously be careful because there could be a lot more that you have not yet found.
20 posted on 08/19/2002 5:35:26 PM PDT by TBall
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
No a baby rattle snake will not make a noise. Most likely if it's head is not triangular it's harmless and will eat alot of insects in your garden. Try to sweep it into an open area with a broom then cover with a container until animal control can get there.
21 posted on 08/19/2002 5:35:33 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Go here, it might help.

http://images.google.com/images?sourceid=navclient&q=garter+snake
22 posted on 08/19/2002 5:36:05 PM PDT by snippy_about_it
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Not enough info.

Juvenile snakes often change appearance as they mature.

Where are you located?

Do a Google search for snakes + your area.

If you have kids, they usually know the local "snake expert."

Good luck!

23 posted on 08/19/2002 5:36:10 PM PDT by realpatriot
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
When in doubt, waste it.
24 posted on 08/19/2002 5:36:33 PM PDT by Lexington Green
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
it didn't come from your boyfriends boxers, did it?

Sorry, I couldn't resist.
25 posted on 08/19/2002 5:36:35 PM PDT by Guillermo
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
I don't know if this will help - it's a link to a site about snakes in New Mexico - did you know there are 46 species of snakes in new Mexico, but only 8 are poisonous (7 types of rattlers, and a coral snake...)

Cool, huh? I learned something new today :0)

26 posted on 08/19/2002 5:36:46 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: snippy_about_it
thats it! but if its young it may not have the same markings

just get a stick or a pair of salad tongs grab it by the neck and carry it outside hes more scared than you are and remember if you use a stick you hafta grab it right behind his head and the and the stick should be held there as well till you grab it with your fingers

27 posted on 08/19/2002 5:37:03 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: TBall
don't be, ive just never had a snake appear in the house before!

:)

what do u mean more? more snakes could be around here? if so, how would i know
28 posted on 08/19/2002 5:37:39 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: hellinahandcart
Not a good rule of thumb. Most western rattlers look likethe rocks in their natural habitat, especially when they're curled up.
29 posted on 08/19/2002 5:37:55 PM PDT by discostu
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To: realpatriot
Shoot the sucker and identify him later,,
30 posted on 08/19/2002 5:38:04 PM PDT by cajungirl
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Baby rattlers usually have little rattles. Depending upon what part of the country you're in, they would probably be a lighter brown color -- not the greyish-brown that you're describing.

Chances are 1000 to 1 from your description that it's not poisonous (hey, I'm an Eagle Scout!). Remember also that you're 100 times taller than he is and that he doesn't have any arms or legs, so just imagine how scared the poor little feller is.

31 posted on 08/19/2002 5:38:17 PM PDT by DallasMike
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
It sounds harmless.

If it has round pupils it is harmless.

Just put it outdoors.
32 posted on 08/19/2002 5:39:23 PM PDT by OK
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To: snippy_about_it
Where I live you can find the occasional copperhead(maybe one every 5 years)but I live in Pennsylvania.
33 posted on 08/19/2002 5:39:30 PM PDT by fiftymegaton
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Put a garbage can over it. Go online and search for snakes...see if you recognize it.
34 posted on 08/19/2002 5:39:59 PM PDT by brat
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
ok...will a garter snake have markings or not? or does it matter? does a baby rattler make rattle noise?


Only if a tree falls in the woods without me there to hear it.

And if I don't get my ass bitten by a snake.

35 posted on 08/19/2002 5:40:06 PM PDT by Fintan
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
The way mom (she's 83) taught us to handle them is to....
find a strong stick with a forked end. Put the snake on soft ground. Then gently place the fork of the stick behind the head of the snake. Then push him into the gound....
36 posted on 08/19/2002 5:40:22 PM PDT by Lower55
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more snakes could be around here? if so, how would i know

Yeah, his parents and grandparents, and boy are they mad!

37 posted on 08/19/2002 5:40:55 PM PDT by DallasMike
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
"quickly before I figure out what to do with it."

They taste just like chicken.

38 posted on 08/19/2002 5:41:28 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Try this.

Call it "James". If it wags its "tail" and looks up at you, KILL IT!

Actually, don't go near its head. If you have a plactic/metal bucket or trash can, cover it. Call your local animal rescue or animal wildlife agency to have them come and remove it.

Good luck!

39 posted on 08/19/2002 5:41:44 PM PDT by Thumper1960
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
look ive raised several of these snakes im pretty sure your dealing with a garter or a small none venomed snake of the same sort

Just get him outside and DONT FREAK OUT hes just as scared as you are if not more

40 posted on 08/19/2002 5:41:47 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
I had this same thing happen, only the snake was white and looked like it had black lace running down it's back, it kept striking at my broom, which really didn't mean he was poison. When animal control arrived they didn't know what kind it was and felt it had escaped from a collector an was possibly poisonous because white snakes usually are. So they killed it.

I wouldn't touch it if I were you, just in case.

41 posted on 08/19/2002 5:41:54 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
After you get done wasting the snake, discard it far, far away, because they stink dead.
42 posted on 08/19/2002 5:43:22 PM PDT by CWRWinger
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
The way mom (she's 83) taught us to handle them is to....
find a strong stick with a forked end. Put the snake on soft ground. Then gently place the fork of the stick behind the head of the snake. Then push him into the gound....
43 posted on 08/19/2002 5:43:27 PM PDT by Lower55
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To: Lower55
ok...problem is im here alone and snake is under my foot. ergo-cant get a trash can, a pair of tongs or the damn thing outside. cats are watching it with wide eyes...lol
44 posted on 08/19/2002 5:43:46 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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If it makes a sound like "OWKkkk" when you poke it, kill it. If it sounds like "tttttPaine" shoot it twice.

Just some friendly freeper help...

Really.

45 posted on 08/19/2002 5:44:35 PM PDT by LowOiL
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
It's definitely a cobra.

If you find one, there are at least 100 others in the dryer, dishwasher, under your bed, and even in your toilet.

Your only hope requires baskets and flutes.


46 posted on 08/19/2002 5:44:36 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
what do u mean more? more snakes could be around here?

I think he's trying to tease you by hinting about those legendary "balls of snakes"; think "True Grit" and "Lonesome Dove".

47 posted on 08/19/2002 5:45:15 PM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
LOL, Sunflower, you sound about as calm as I would be if I found a snake in my house. I once found a copperhead sleeping in my lawnmower and levitated 10 feet in the air. Did it in with a huge mallet.
48 posted on 08/19/2002 5:45:26 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Maybe this'll help.

Recognizing Poisonous Snakes in New Mexico

49 posted on 08/19/2002 5:45:35 PM PDT by pa_dweller
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Well then just crush it and get rid of it
50 posted on 08/19/2002 5:45:43 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
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