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Elorie gets a surprise when she looks into her washing machine
lillyflowers wrote in metaquotes
I then had the problem of getting a small, angry snake out of my washing machine. I didn't want to pick it up again with my bare hands, on the grounds that it seemed perturbed and we hadn't been introduced. Thus we decline to do in full awareness what we have already done in ignorance.

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*checks OP's user info for location and reminds self never to move south*

I don't mind snakes, but I'd rather not be surprised by one in my laundry. I've already experienced shaking a spider the size of my fist (legs included) out of pajamas... I think I'm done with laundry/wildlife moments.

*cheerful* In the South, we also occasionally encounter snakes roughly the SIZE of our laundry rooms just WAITING for us in said laundry rooms.

yeah.... no. We get em up north, but at least they're managable sizes.

My first reaction on reading that was FANTASTIC. Seriously, I love extreme wildlife. I recognise that's probably seems a bit of a naive reaction to the person who then has to deal with said epic infestation, but even so.

Could not do laundry today. Too many snakes.

"Why are you wearing that awful shirt?"

"Laundry day got cancelled by wildlife. Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?!"

The snake was last seen crawling away in my yard, appearing none the worse for the adventure. Thank you for your concern.

I bet his snake-friends were wondering why he smelled Downy Fresh.

Oh, I'm glad to hear that. I always feel bad for wildlife that has the excellent adventure to human habitats. Especially since people tend to kill/crush/destroy first and ask questions later.

I bet he enjoyed the brief nap with all the warm laundry, though.

I'm up in Maine, and a few months back we had someone down the street find a seven foot python in her dryer. That was fun getting out.

"Noooo I am all toasty D:"

Not in Australia, I take it? *wibbles at the thought of a snake inside*

No, Athens, Georgia, US. We do have poisonous snakes here (copperheads, water moccasins, and several species of rattler). Hence my caution, and tongs.

Th-there are poisonous snakes in Georgia? D: *ignorant Northerner going to school in GA*

Yes, and two species of poisonous spiders (black widows and brown recluses). The spiders like cluttery, dusty overhangs and the like and I've never seen either of them personally though I know someone who was bitten by a brown recluse (he was cleaning out an old shed). It made him pretty sick but he recovered. Also, I've lived here my whole life and like to go camping and hiking and while I've seen plenty of snakes while tromping around in the woods, I've never run into a poisonous one unexpectedly. I've seen one water moccasin while out canoeing and some copperheads, but they were all at a comfortable distance. The various nature centers often do programs where you can learn about local snakes, how to recognize them, etc. It's good to know their habits so you don't wind up disturbing them, but it's not like you have to exert Constant Vigilance Against the Wildlife Menace.

Ah, that's really good to know! Thank you! I was freaking out because my dorm's laundry room is on the ground floor, and the doors are always open. Though I think I'll exercise a bit more caution when tromping around, haha.

Hm, I've learned that if you tromp around, snakes will sense the earth shaking/trembling from your footsteps and slither away into safety. If that's true, tromping around shouldn't be too dangerous. :)

Is that so? I guess I should tromp around, then. XD

My aunt did a tour in Central America when she was in the Marines, and she has a lot of stories about tropical snakes. Particularly, that they tended to get into the pipe system and, on occasion, come up in the toilet bowl.


Ahahaha, this is (one of the many reasons) why living in New Zealand is awesome - no snakes.

Monkey flying snakes on a Monday to Friday plane! NOOOOO.

But then they have to get past customs....

If they're anything like the fine examples of people protecting our country bozos elsewhere *koff US koff*...

Well, I think ours are pretty good, but I don't know, really. We've managed to do okay so far!

They're pretty good with things that AREN'T in shipping containers, but sometimes spider eggs under the dashboards of imported cars or buried deep in piles of fruit sneak through. (But never for long...)

"Dear, when you said you had a snake in your trousers, I didn't know you meant literally. Next time, please take it out before you throw them in the hamper, okay?"

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