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#1 OFFLINE   Brian

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 11:18 AM

Green Tree Snakes  (Dendrolaphis punctulata) can be dangerous. 

 

Yes, tree snakes or grass snakes, not brown snakes or taipans. Here's why. 

 

 

A couple in  Townsville, had a lot of potted plants.  

 

During a recent cold winter (for Townsville that is!), 

 

the wife was bringing some of the valued tender ones 

 

indoors to protect them from the cold night. 

 

 

It turned out that a little green tree snake was hidden in one of the

plants. 

 

When it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the

lounge.

She let out a very loud scream.

 

The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked to

see what the problem was. 

 

She told him there was a snake under the lounge.

 

He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. 

 

About that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him on the behind. 

 

He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the

floor.

 

His wife thought he had had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him

to lie still and called an ambulance.

 

The paramedics rushed in, would not listen to his protests, loaded him on

the stretcher, and started carrying him out.

 

About that time, the snake came out from under the lounge and the paramedic

saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. 

 

That's when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.

 

The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a

neighbour who volunteered to capture the snake. 

 

He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the

lounge.. 

 

Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the lounge

in relief.

 

But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she felt

the snake wriggling around 

 

She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under the lounge.

 

The neighbour, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive

her.

 

The neighbour's wife, who had just returned from shopping at Woolies, saw

her husband's mouth on the woman's mouth 

 

and slammed her husband in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods,

knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.

 

The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbour lying

on the floor with his wife bending over him, 

 

so she assumed that the snake had bitten him. 

 

She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of whiskey, and began pouring

it down the man's throat.

 

By now, the police had arrived.

 

They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a

drunken fight had occurred. 

 

They were about to arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it

all happened over a little garden snake!

 

The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbour and his

sobbing wife.

 

Now, the little snake again crawled out from under the lounge and one of the

policemen drew his gun and fired at it. 

 

He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table. 

 

The table fell over, the lamp on it shattered and, as the bulb broke, it

started a fire in the curtains.

 

The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and fell through the

window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped out and

raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed

into the parked police car.

 

Meanwhile, neighbours saw the burning curtains and called in the fire

brigade. 

 

The firemen had started raising the fire ladder when they were halfway down

the street. 

 

The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires, put out the power, and

disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block area (but they did

get the house fire out).

 

Time passed! The snake was caught and both men were discharged from the

hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a

new car and all was right with their world.

 

A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap

for that night. 

 

The wife asked her husband if he thought they should bring in their plants

for the night.

 

And that's when he shot her


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 11:51 AM

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 12:13 PM

Brings back an incident which occurred to a friend. He got out of bed a bit goofy and in his pyjama bottoms made it through to the bathroom. He turned on the cold tap bent over and put his head down to run the water over the back of his head , that was the moment their large Labrador cold nosed him , his reaction was so violent it required a new lavatory basin . 


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 12:36 PM

Brings back an incident which occurred to a friend. He got out of bed a bit goofy and in his pyjama bottoms made it through to the bathroom. He turned on the cold tap bent over and put his head down to run the water over the back of his head , that was the moment their large Labrador cold nosed him , his reaction was so violent it required a new lavatory basin . 

hahaha...and a new dog???


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 03:52 PM

and the moral of the story OD?......just keep your nose outa places they shouldn't be!!


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 03:56 PM

That was very long and funny. But believe it or not two weeks ago SWIMBO's work mate had just moved house when she spotted a 4ft corn snake coming out of her garden shed and that's in Bexley S.E. London.

 

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 07:04 PM

We were advised on a engineer (unsure of location, but in GB) in BG (British Gas), that whilst removing the fire front of a back boiler/fire, found a large snake (the customer's next door neighbours escaped snake) lurking behind the fire.

 

When the engineer questioned the customer, he was informed the customer did see a snake the day before, but after looking for the snake for some time with their neighbour, but not finding it, they believed the snake had escaped out of the front door whilst the customer had summoned their neighbour.

 

The worst I've found was a dead mouse within the flue hood of a boiler. Gained access via the flue duct, warm cosy bed for the night/long deep sleep.

 

You never know what you'll find next!


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Posted 13 September 2013 - 07:41 PM

When I was a kid, we snake-sat for a friend of my parents, who was going to work in Africa for 18 months.  Our guest was Jack, a 4' boa (nearly 6' when we returned him).

 

We only lost him once: he was with us in the garden coiled up in the top of a sun umbrella while we had lunch.  The doorbell rang, we all went to the door, and by the time we came back a few mins later, he was gone.  We were having visions of having to put adverts in the paper, explain the missing snake to the neighbours, and explain to his owners, but fortunately we found him after a quarter hour search.  He'd simply got to hot, come down the pole of the umbrella, and coiled up in the shade under the leaves of a nearby plant.  Phew!

 

Lots of fond memories of our temporary pet, taught us kids a slightly different aspect of looking after animals!


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