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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Spot the Difference

I know a few of you out there don't like to see these sorts of pictures, but I need some help. Can someone please tell me, what is the difference between this...

And this?

Yes, this bright, stripey one is pretty scary isn't it?

That first one is a snake that was in our courtyard a few weeks ago, and Mum was very clear that I shouldn't go anywhere near it. So when I spotted this stripey one in the massage room, no less, just as Mum was about to start working on a client, I thought I'd better tell her about it. She obviously hadn't seen it, even though it was sitting RIGHT NEAR HER FEET!

I tiptoed over, but jumped back when it looked like it was going to strike. (Just a couple of days ago we saw a rattlesnake on one of our walks. I nearly jumped out of my fur when it rattled at me, and Mum said it was ready to strike, so I had to go on my leash and stay well clear of it.) This stripey one wasn't making a sound, but it sure did look shifty lying there all coiled up. And I'm pretty sure I saw it move. You'd have been scared too, right?

Well, it turns out that this sort of snake isn't one to be scared of at all. It's called a skipping snake and is the kind you can swing around and jump over. That's the only sort of snake you can do that with, so Mum says you shouldn't try this at home with just any snake.

So, how do you tell the difference? I've no idea, so be safe, peoples and puppies. I say, if it looks like a snake, stay away!


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...


Woo so do NOT want to play with one of them!

Khyra and Khousin Merdie

central bark designs said...

UGH! Snakes freak me out - you were so good to warn your Mom about the one in the house!

Thanks for the suggestion on the t-shirt v. cone. I tried to convince Mom we should try it - unfortunately my surgery was on my ear - and one scratch might pull out the stitches. Even if I promise not to scratch Mom doesn't believe me. BUT - we'll keep the t-shirt idea in mind for other times - like hot spots, etc.


Sam said...

Good thing you warned your Mom about the skipping snake - I've heard those make people jump around like crazy!


KT and Lady said...

Sounds like a good snake policy to me. No use taking chances. Sometimes doggies can be way too curious. Mr. Rattlesnake just doesn't understand THAT logic. grrrrr

Joanne Fox said...

Wise advice Ruby!

Wrigley said...

It is better to be safe than sorry - assume anything long and coiled is a snake! Good job bringing the skipping snake to your mom's attention - even if it is harmless.

Wags N Kisses,

CJ/Rick said...

They both creep me out. Yeah. Stay away from snakes and jump ropes. It's too hot to jump rope. :)

Sally said...

Happy Weekend.
Nice woooh

soggibottom said...

I agree.... playing around with a frog is ok though...

soggibottom said...

Good to see you too. I should have known !
x x x