Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Subject:  Thamnophissirtalis

Garden Grass Snakes also known as Garter Snakes
(Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous.  Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes.  Here's why.
A couple in Sweetwater , Texas , had a lot of
potted plants.  During  a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze.
It turned out that a little green garden grass
snake was hidden in one of the plants and when it had warmed up, it slithered out and  the wife saw it go under the sofa.
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 sofa.
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 attendants rushed in, wouldn't listen to his protests and  loaded him on the stretcher and started carrying him out.
About that time the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician 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 neighbor who volunteered to capture the snake.  He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch.  Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa 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 sofa.

The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive her.

The neighbor's wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery store, 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 neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that he had been bitten by the snake.  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  green snake.
The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his sobbing wife.

Now, the little snake again crawled out from under the sofa 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 drapes.

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, the burning drapes, were seen by neighbors who called in the fire department.  The firemen had started raising the fire ladder when they were halfway down the street.  The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires and put out the power and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block are a (but they did get the house fire out).

Time passed!  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.


bethjunebug said...

OMG!! What a story!!
God Bless,
Liz in Va.

kirkbyj05 said...

I can't stop laughing!    Whoever feels sorry for themselves or miserable after reading that certainly needs X certifying.  Lol!   What a wonderful black and white movie comdedy this would make.....Thanks for this brilliant laugh.   Jeanie

lanurseprn said...

WOW what a story....and I guess the snake survived all of this? LOL

innxdoor said...

hahahaha I am on the floor..this is too funny! Great post haha.....now with entries like this how can anyone not want to share their stories with the rest of Jland. Excellent way to start the day :))))))))) Hugs and God Blessings on you and yours :))))) Doreen

jlocorriere05 said...

That's funny Julie! A great story! Jeannette xx  

quiltsnroses said...

That was a good laugh!

rebuketheworld said...

RLOL!!!!!!!!!!! Gardener snakes run loose in Oregon by massive numbers. So wonder we have a high murder rate,lol. ~Raven

cacklinrosie101 said...

Hehe...a mouse could cause this to happen in my house.  Chris