Should you bring outdoor plants into the house?


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I found this in another forum.

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
ND loaded 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 the 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 revive her.

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 it 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 avoid 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.

Well they may not hurt you but I guess they can make you hurt yourself. By the way don't know if they still do but Sweetwater used to have a big rattlesnake round up every year. A lot of them in that area evedintently.
I'll have to bring this up to my wife she does the samething with our plant's, it's usually tree frogs.:icon_eek:
See there are a lot of things other than guns that can hurt people.

Thanks for the post. I had a good laugh.
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I use the line if it can't take the winter here to bad. we get scorpins and lizzards and crickets. Fun let them live out side or go away.

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