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snake in my garage
Posted by Sandy on September 2, 2009, 10:40 am
I was startled by a snake in my garage last night. I donít want to hurt it. I would just like for it to leave. I think it is a rat snake and my son took its picture with his cell phone before is made its way under a tool box and behind a cabinet. I need to make sure of its identification before I decide on how or if to encourage him to make his home under the shed in the back yard. I will have to have a professional remove it if he turns out to be dangerous. I have started calling the snake Sammy Slither because I really hope he is harmless. I grew up with a Black Snake living under the corn crib on my familyís farm in Southwestern Virginia. I now live in Hampton, VA. near a river, back yard has lots of pine trees. I have two terrier dogs that would not be friendly if they discovered Sammy. [I am trying to attach the photo with no luck I will be happy to email to any one that can help me. [ ]
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