This is a discussion on Never Bring Plants Into The House! within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Garden Grass Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) > can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. > > Here's why. > > A ...
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 naked into the living room
> to see what the problem was. She told him there was a snake under the
> 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 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 a
> 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
> 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 man.
> He 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 t
He sofa in relief.
> But while relaxing, she dangled her hand in between the cushions,
> where she felt the snake wriggling around. She screamed and fainted
> and the snake rushed back under the sofa.
> The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR
> to re
> 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 so that he needed
> 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
> The police called an ambulance , which took away the neighbor and his
> sobbing wife.
> The little snake again crawled out from under the sofa.
> 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 and the lamp on I
T 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 startled family dog who, jumped out
> and raced into the street where an
> oncoming car swerved to av
Oid the dog and smashed into the parked
> police car.
> Meanwhile, the burning drapes were seen by the neighbors who called
> the fire department.
> The firemen had started raising the fire truck ladder when they were
> halfway down the street.
> The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires and put out the
> electricity and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block
> area. (But they did get the house fire out).
> Time passed and both men were discharged from the hospital, the house
> was repaired, the dog came home, the police were issued a
new car, and
> all was right with their world.
> Several days 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.
> That's when he shot her.<