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classicman 04-23-2009 10:22 PM

congrats

Pie 04-23-2009 11:24 PM

Congrats, Choco! and to your parents, Shawnee. It's a rare accomplishment these days!

BigV 04-24-2009 01:44 AM

phones are back online

Shawnee123 04-24-2009 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Pie (Post 559681)
Congrats, Choco! and to your parents, Shawnee. It's a rare accomplishment these days!

Mom says "they said it wouldn't last...no REALLY, they said that." :)

Certainly rare, and nothing I will ever be able to identify with!

Congratulations on selling your house ,Pie, and Congrats Choco!

TheMercenary 04-24-2009 08:42 AM

Congrats to all those who require congrating. Shaws parents, I thought she was talking about renters, Graduating Cellars, Those connecting with old friends, and those with one less mortgage, and those in the gutter.

TheMercenary 04-24-2009 10:15 AM

I just scored 4 tickets, row 10 to Buddy Guy and Johnny Lang.

Pie 04-24-2009 11:12 AM

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Met a neighbor.
Just checking, this is a garter snake, right?

Pie 04-24-2009 11:14 AM

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And I have new patio furniture!

TheMercenary 04-24-2009 11:14 AM

Looks like one of the many species of water snakes. Keep it around. They do good work.

Edit:Common Garter Snake
Thamnophis sirtalis

E Distinctive pale stripe down middle of its back, and less prominent yellow stripes down each side (with black spots); greenish-brown to almost black background; 1-4 ft; moves swiftly Highly varied & most-frequently encountered eastern snake; found in lowlands, uplands, cities, farmland, wilderness; but requires moist habitats such as wet meadows, marshes, damp forests, rocky hillsides, old fields, margins of rivers, creeks, ponds; farm woodlots, quarries, suburbs, trash dumps, gardens, vacant lots in cities & suburbs 90% of diet is salamanders, frogs, and small snakes; the rest is small fish, bird nestlings, mice, young chipmunks, shrews, earthworms, slugs, snails, crayfish, millipedes, spiders, insects, & carrion Young snakes are eaten by mink, skunks, weasels, raccoons, foxes, cats, dogs, shrews, hawks, owls, herons, pheasants, turkeys, crows, assorted snakes, box turtles, bullfrogs, spotted salamanders, fish; rarely spiders and crayfish Defends itself aggressively; emits musk and feces; young snakes try to bite; though non-poisonous, handle large adult with care, as bite can lead to profuse bleading because saliva contains anti-coagulant.

http://www.fosc.org/Snakes.htm

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlif...tion/?s=030044

Or the:

eastern ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus)

Characteristics
This is a very slender snake with a tail that makes up more than one-fourth of the total length. The adult has a dorsal pattern of three bright yellow stripes on a dark background. The belly is plain yellow or greenish-yellow. This species is about 7 inches at birth and grows to about 36 inches. Juveniles are patterned as adults but are brown with bright yellow or white stripes. The brown dorsal color darkens with age. The female gives birth to as many as 20 live young in mid to late summer.

Distribution
This snake is found from the Blue Ridge Mountains and parts of the Valley and Ridge physiographic region east to, and including, the Eastern Shore. Thamnophis sauritus is semiaquatic, inhabiting a wide variety of habitats, including freshwater and brackish marshes, grassy floodplains, streams, and ditches with grass and brush margins, wet areas in meadows, spagnum bogs, and woodlands adjacent to wetlands. The primary requirement appears to be accessibility to permanent or semipermanent water. It prefers areas that are well vegetated with cattails, grasses, shrubs, and other plant life that offer good traction for quick escapes. This snake is frequently found basking on branches of trees, bushes, or grasses overhanging the water.

Foods
This snake eats frogs, salamanders, toads, small fish and leeches. Most predation occurs at night and prey are swallowed alive.


http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlif...x.asp?s=030045

jinx 04-24-2009 11:17 AM

Ooh, nice, pie.

Pie 04-24-2009 11:17 AM

That's why he's under the "happy" thread. I like snakes. :thumb:

Queen of the Ryche 04-24-2009 12:16 PM

Way to go Choc! Bee-you-tee-ful patio Pie!
Got awesome tix to the Rockies/Dodgers game tonight, and it's T-Shirt giveaway night! WooHoo! TGIF!!!

sugarpop 04-24-2009 12:19 PM

Congrats Chocolat! woo hoo!

sugarpop 04-24-2009 12:21 PM

ooooo, pretty snake Pie! It looks like the ones my cat dragged in last year. We got it away from him and released back in the bushes.

Nice patio furniture too.

dar512 04-24-2009 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Pie (Post 559785)
Met a neighbor.
Just checking, this is a garter snake, right?

I dunno. Does it go with your stockings?


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