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A Slithery Situation January 18, 2017

Filed under: Animal Antics — meganorussell @ 8:00 pm
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Once upon a time we found a rat outside our theatre. It was a harrowing and tragic tale, and we thought that our wildlife encounters were over. But alas, they were not.

The next day, we were on a break. I was sitting in the theatre, hanging out when one of the girls came in to tell the stage manager that there was a little snake that may have gotten into the lobby. Naturally, we all ran to see it.

Sure enough, there was a little black and yellow snake curled up right inside the door. The little bugger had crept through the crack and wanted to make himself at home. The Stage Manager sighed and got ready to get the snake. Unfortunately, none of us were knew if Mr. Snakey Pants was venomous or not.

Note from the Blogger’s husband: This is one of my biggest pet peeves. So many people use so many words interchangeably that are not synonymous. Further and farther, for instance (which have been used incorrectly so many times that they are now accepted as being synonyms). To be clear, something is venomous if it is capable of injecting the poison/venom into you. Something that is poisonous must be either ingested or touched. In short, venomous fangs vs. poisonous skin. That is all.

Since we were between shows, there were some boxes piled right up by the door. Of course that was where the snake darted toward. And not knowing if he was a murdery dude, we couldn’t reach in to get him. The Stage Manager found a broom handle while I grabbed some sheets of Styrofoam and made a snake wall. (more…)

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Snakes in a Trash Can April 17, 2013

Filed under: Animal Antics — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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When I was a little girl, I loved playing with snakes. We had lots of garter snakes in our yard, and I would chase them through the grass. When I caught one, which it seems to me now that I must have only caught the very slow very stupid snakes, I would put them in the bottom of a big empty trash can and watch them slither around. I loved how their little bodies would curl up on themselves. Their lack of joints was fascinating to me. When I had completed my snake observation, I would carefully tip the can on its side and let the snake slide away. I’m sure I spawned many alien abduction stories in the snake community. (more…)