Sunday, July 13, 2014
Most snakes move on in good time, but Chili encountered the snake the other morning, luckily with no serious repercussions. Again, snakey had a frog in its mouth so couldn’t bite her. He did, however regurgitate the frog by the time I ushered the dog into the house, so he was getting ready to feast on the larger, more annoying Irish Setter prey. Thankfully tragedy was avoided.
Today, Elliot, Chili and I were out wandering around and I decided to go inside for a bit. Down on the patio below an opening in the brick lattice was the cottonmouth. AGAIN!
Obviously the snake was not going to move on so I checked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website for a snake relocation service. I was happy to find one just a few streets over from me.
Meet Sonny and Greg of Sonny's Unwanted Adventures…snake handlers extraordinaire. They arrived in less than 20 minutes with their fancy equipment consisting of a golf club (I think a 3-iron) and a white plastic bag. The snake had moved but was still visible and they dispatched him into the bag in short order.
I stuck my head out and they were adding a second snake to the Hefty kitchen bag. They moved the lawnmower and the rubber mat and cleaned out under them. They looked around a bit and said they would come back if I found any additional visitors. I reached into my purse and exchanged the $5.00 for a second $20.00.
Sonny thanked me profusely and reminded me that I now had a credit for a few more catches, to call any time. I pooh-poohed him and said I’d pay his regular rates for return visits, just knowing that he was close by was worth it to me.