The day before I killed a baby rattlesnake inside.
The thought was "Were there was one, there could be two"
Just wasn't planning on it being Mama!
After going back to the house and putting on my boots,
I stopped by the garden shed, grabbed the flat noise shovel
and the pointy hoe before returning to the feed room.
By now the hearts pumping.
Pushed the door open with the shovel "No Mama"
With the pointy hoe, I started pulling things out or the feed room.
Chainsaws, buckets, post drivers, feed can.
Anything, I could reach with the pointy hoe from the doorway.
All the time looking for Mama.
It's was one thing to drag all that stuff out and an other
to make sure I had a clear path of retreat.
There She was behind a rubber feeding bucket full of horse brushes.
Coiled !!! I stepped back out of the feed room, shut the door and for reasons that only God can answer, went to the garage and got a fire extinguisher ? Hell I Don't Know Why !!!???!!! I had seen it on some TV show back in the 70's and thought it was a good idea to shot Mama snake with it. "It worked on TV" BAD ~ BAD IDEA ~
I shot her twice, the room filled up with a white cloud, like the fog rolling in on the San Francisco Bay. All I could think was, "That's not quite how I remember this working"
Plan B....... went to the house, got a Pepsi and waited for the fog to roll out. Now I was on a mission!!! It didn't take much for the white cloud to dissipate, of course Mama snake was not were I had seen her last and everything in the feed room was now covered with a white blanket. "What a mess"
Pointy hoe in hand, I started pulling more things out,
knowing that when I found her, Mama was going to be less then happy.
I had pulled everything away from the walls, the only thing lift to move
was the Kid's green 4-H show box.
Smacked the box with the shovel and Mama started buzzing.
I couldn't move the box without stepping into the feed room and
that would put mama between me and the door.
Not Happening !!!!!!!
Pushed the flat noise shovel between and box and the wall
like a pry bar, pushing the box away for the wall an me.
Have you ever seen a while rattlesnake?
She was kind of pretty and really ticked off!
Unable to get a hold of her with and shovel or the pointy hoe,
a show stick was hanging on the wall. It's hooked on the end and
I was able to hook her and drag her outside onto the sidewalk
and kill her with my dull shovel..... poor thing.
Never had a snake in a room before and
I don't Like It
So every shed on the place is getting cleaned out starting with
the mess I made in the feed room.
Moral to this story
"Never Shoot Your Rattlesnake With A Fire Extinguisher"