Jun 13, 2005

It's The Circle of Life

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I was coming out of the bathroom the other night when I was stopped dead in my tracks by what looked like a baby snake on the floor. I tried to look as closely as possible without getting too close. Maybe it was just a piece of a shoe string? Not willing to risk stepping over the snake-like shoestring and being somewhat trapped in the bathroom I yelled for my husband. Detecting the sheer terror in my voice he came quickly. Upon further inspection he went to the garage for a push broom and dustpan. We both concluded whatever it was, it was dead.

He began to try sweeping the thing into the dustpan. Had it continued it's Oscar winning performance as a dead snake, it might still be alive today. But NOOOOOO...it had to start slithering REALLY FAST toward ME! And I had no place to go. Uncontrollable screams erupted from me, echoing against the bath tile. But, alas, my knight with shining dust pan killed the snake and I was left with tiger-fighting adrenaline coursing through my veins and feeling squeamishly shivery.

Of course, my first thought after that was how did a snake get in the house. And...if there's a baby in the house...where's the mama? And how big is the mama? All quite discomforting thoughts, I assure you. Especially right before bedtime.

Anyway, since then I've been thinking about geckos.
images What do geckos have to do with snakes? Well, about five years ago we started seeing geckos around the house. They're kinda cute and for the most part they keep to themselves. And once we had the geckos we didn't see ANY other bugs, no spiders, no crickets...nothing! It was great. And there didn't seem to be any downside to the geckos except when they happened to be hanging on to the front door when it got slammed. Ewwwww!

But this spring I noticed...alas...no geckos. And no other bugs either...hmmmm...

You know it's all a "circle of life" kinda thing going on...but in the back of my mind I've been thinking...what eats geckos? I think I have my answer now.

Wonder what eats snakes?

8 comments:

Nankin said...

Maybe if you call, "Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, the momma snake will get confused and come out of hiding. If it'd been in my house, It would have been my hubby screaming and me with the dust pan.

Karyn Lyndon said...

We don't have any pets because my daughter is very alergic to them...probably part of the problem.

As far as macho husbands, I also sleep with the exterminator.

Michelle said...

LOL. And I live in AFRICA where everything is H-U-G-E and so now you know why I don't enjoy being single. My Mr C has to be an exterminator too.

Duke_of_Earle said...

Great post, Karyn! Got me to giggling at the image of you cornered and screaming at a shoestring, while brave hubby beats it to death with what used to be a dustpan.
We've got geckos all over the place. They find their way into everything, it seems, but they ARE entertaining to watch through a window at night as they scurry around on the screen outside a lighted room scarfing down the bugs attracted to the light.

Bill said...

What eats snakes... Owls, hawksm other birds of prey. Cats too, but mostly they like to play with them.

So maybe your in for some cool bird sightings next?

Karyn Lyndon said...

Michelle, yes, go for a pest killer, they're the best kind!

John, thanks, you know I live to make you giggle...

Bill, I thought that was strange! At my pool party last weekend we had a buzzard flying overhead...I asked everyone in the pool if they were feeling well...

Candace said...

On the news the other night they had a segment about how this is the time of year when snakes start coming indoors to get out of the heat. WHAT?! I've lived in Texas all my life and never heard that one before. They talked about people finding snakes CLIMBING UP THEIR WALLS. Shithook!

Oh, we have a gecko, too. It's named Art. Get it? Art Gecko. Heh.

Karyn Lyndon said...

If snakes are climbing up the wall I'm moving out!!!