Monday, January 26, 2015

There is a Snake in my Basement!!


Alright I am just going to cut to the chase. There was a snake in my basement on Friday. 
Friday I was on a cleaning and organizing rampage. I was determined to deep clean and organize my whole house. So I took my guest room comforter and sheets down to the basement to wash them. 

I turn on the light and I see a snake coming out from under the washing machine. I froze. The snake froze. I turned around and ran upstairs. 
Philip was in a dead sleep because he was sick. I walked as calmly as I could into our room and said "I just need you to know there is snake in our basement." Groggy, he looked at me and said "what?" I said "I just need to know if you put a rubber snake in the basement, because technically it never moved" "No I didn't put a snake in the basement"

So Philip woke up, put shoes on and grabbed a snow shovel.

I followed him down the stairs - filming the whole way. He turns the corner and says "Oh there is a little guy" 
I see that the snake had slithered a few inches away. Here is a picture of the beast:
Alright..here is the same picture a little zoomed in.
I understand that it looks like a worm. But it is a SNAKE. And it was in my basement. In the dead of winter. In all of the scenarios I have played out in my head about what I would find in my basement, I never pictured a snake. Burglars, intruders, raccoon, sure. Snake? Never. 

Philip used the shovel to whack the snake. Below is the video of that moment. When you hear my scream - you will hear the scream of a calm, cool, and rational person.  video

After a while the snake started fighting back so Philip had to crush it a few more times. I said, with all sincerity "Amen! Crush the head of the serpent!!" 

I called 2 exterminators. The first one said "it's probably just a fluke and I don't think it came in through your sump pump"  the second one said "there is definitely something weird going on here - it for sure came in through your sump pump"

So, what your saying is, you have no idea. Awesome.
I googled it. Apparently garter snakes don't hibernate and after they hatch they separate from their mother. The website said if there's a snake in winter he's probably trying to find somewhere to hibernate. THAT IS NOT ANY BETTER!!!! What if I didn't find it?? What if, in the spring, a giant snake slithered UPSTAIRS and into my kitchen. I would die.

For the foreseeable future I will not be going to the basement without the supervision of Philip. I also am 99% sure I am going to have an exterminator come and check out my house...every few days... I can't live like this! Clearly we have to move!

Have you ever had a SNAKE in your house? What did you do??? What would you have done if you were me??


18 comments:

  1. I have the most heeby jeebies ever!!! And that scream was totally calm, cool & rational - I see nothing wrong with it! The Overachiever found a snake in our bathroom a couple days after we moved in. I told him that we needed to move, he gave me "the look" - the "oh, honey, come on. . . . you gave birth, and a snake the size of an overgrown worm has you ready to burn the house down?!?!?" look. I didn't appreciate his lack of compassion towards my irrational fear of snakes. HA!

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  2. Oh girl, this I could not handle. I would totally move. Bye house!

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  3. Oh my gosh! I had a snake in my house once... it was in my kitchen and it was over 5 ft. long. I died. I mean, I didn't die... because I'm typing this like 7 years later, but I wanted to. It was the scariest thing and I didn't sleep for weeks. I have a post about it, if you're interested in the whole story. SCARY.

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  4. no no no no no no no no.... I can't handle snakes.
    We had one in our basement one time & my husband told me to stand at the steps so it wouldn't go upstairs. I told him, yeah, like I'm going to stop it... it will be a rush between me & the snake to see who can get to the top of the stairs the fastest.

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  5. Oh my goodness! I would have freaked!

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  6. Ughhhhhhhhhhhh so gross. gross. Yuck. Yucky. Gross everything about this is making me feel all squeamy... is that even a word?

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  7. Yuck! I would have screamed and my poor husband would have laughed.

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  8. Philip will not honor my request to move, sadly

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  9. OVER FIVE FEET LONG!?!!?! ooh my gosh I am going to go read that story because I would DIE!!!

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  10. It was honestly, completely and totally terrifying!

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  11. haha my husband laughed at me but I was so scary!

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  12. squeamy is a word, now! haha it describes the situation!

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  13. hahaha! Snakes are so creepy! and I just did NOT expect there to be a snake in my basement. it was so shocking!

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  14. hahhah! I love it! snakes. nope. it was terrible!

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  15. Your reaction is a lot better than mine because there would be no me being calm. It would be me running and screaming up the stairs.

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  16. hahaha I am not sure how I managed to be calm outwardly. on the inside i was FREAKING OUT

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  17. Several years ago I was laying at the foot of my parent's bed watching TV...saw something out of the corner of my eye...yep...a 4 ft king snake. No idea how long it was in the house! But I screamed for my parents and my dad got it out. Trust me, I know your fear. But I loved that you screamed "Crush the serpent!" That def made me lol!!

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  18. FOUR FEET!?!?!?!?!?!?! I can't I would die!!


    hahaha- I was so crazy that day!

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