Colorado Man Clears 41 Snakes From Friends Crawlspace, St Paddy Cleared A Few Tooon March 18, 2009 at 1:27 am
Happy Saint Paddy’s Day! It should also be called Jim Stafford Day as well. If Jim were my friend, it would be the least I could do, not having the ability to convey knighthood! No greater friendship exists than a buddy who will come over to fix a pipe in your narrow creepy crawl space, but the next part goes above and beyond the boundaries of friendship. Safely above, the home owner and friend heard a resounding high pitched scream!
In Jim’s own words;"There’s a tarp covering the ground, and as I go to pick that up I feel something moving under my feet, and I’m wearing flip-flops of course at this point," Stafford said. "So, I move the tarp and there’s just a sea of snakes I’m standing on." Is your skin crawling, mine still is!
Undaunted, Jim used a foot long piece of fire wood, a flash light, and a garbage bag to remove 41 of the serpents from under his friend’s house, then let them go in a nearby open space.
Experts said the pile was probably harmless. Indeed, unless you wish to sleep ever again. They were likely to have been either bull or garter snakes. And in this particular case, snakes use the body warmth of other snakes and the security of other snakes to hibernate or bruminate," Tyler Baskfield of the Colorado Division of Wildlife said. Brumination is apparently a suspended state of animation, another skill I was unaware I possessed.
Wildlife experts say as long as the snakes are not venomous, they advise just leaving them alone until they leave on their own in the spring and then sealing off the area so they don’t return the next year. Nice in theory, I’m not certain how many of you agree you could also bruminate well knowing they were there?
"From time to time, we do get these calls because it’s such an amazing sight for most people to see these big balls of snakes," Baskfield said.
It’s sheer coincidence that this happened so close to Saint Patrick’s Day. For those who may not remember one of St Paddy’s legends was not his green beer, but driving the serpents from the Emerald Isle, and to this day there are no
snakes in Ireland. Of course, some say it’s a metaphor for introducing Christianity and driving off pagan religions who used a snake as a symbol. Either way, it remains snake free, and that’s good enough!
Colorado Man Clears 41 Snakes From Friends Crawlspace St Paddy Cleared A Few Too