Thursday, June 24, 2010

SNAKE OIL

WE 'VE DECIDED THE SNAKE INSIDE THE CAMPER WAS A RED RACER.

Coluber constrictor


This is the most commonly viewed snake within Mojave Desert. It can be seen on many of the roads sunning itself in the early to late morning hours. It is the fastest snake in the desert moving at up to 7mph and can reach up to 6 feet long with a slender, whiplike body. Coloration may vary from gray and tan to pink with black crossbars always present on the neck. A the snake gets older it begins to take on a more distinct reddish appearance. It’s diet consist of lizards, small snakes, mice and birds. It is very mean tempered and should not be handled. Although not poisonous its bite can tear the flesh and should be avoided.

CO-WORKERS SUGGESTED WE USE GARLIC OIL TO REPEL THE SNAKES, BUT THE SNAKE EXPERT MARY TALKED TO, WHILE DEALING BLACKJACK, SAID THAT GARLIC OIL WOULD TURN THE DIAMONDBACK AWAY, BUT NOT THE RED RACER.
 
I FELT LIKE A CHARACTER IN ONE OF THE WESTERN COWBOY BOOKS I ENJOY, BUYING SNAKE OIL FROM A CROOKED MEDICINE MAN AS I STOOD IN WAL MART AND BOUGHT SNAKE REPELLENT.
 
 


I'M PRETTY SURE I WAS SCAMMED OUT OF MY $15 BY WAL MART, BUT WE HAD TO TRY SOMETHING.

I WISH THERE WAS A VIDEO OF SUSIE CHASING AND CORNERING THE SNAKE BEHIND STEVE'S CHAIR FROM ONE SIDE WHILE REX HOOKED THE SNAKE WITH A BACK SCRATCHER AND TRIED TO FLIP IT OUTSIDE FROM BEHIND THE CHAIR. 

I KNOW WHERE THE SNAKE GOT IT'S NAME.  IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE THAT SNAKE WAS A GOOD 25 YARDS AWAY FROM THE CAMPER.  QUICK, VERY VERY QUICK!


2 comments:

Rod and Loyce Ivers said...

But Rex, you still didn't tell us how you think the snake got in the camper, or how long it was in there with you before Mary spotted it.
Did Suzzie keep it away from you guys while you slept? You might owe the cat a big thank you!

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