I have been cleaning out an indoor room off the back of our garage this afternoon. I was wearing gloves and clearing out lots of stuff from a floor to ceiling cupboard. I moved some silk flowers and thought what is that back in the corner, it looks like it's coiled up? I even leaned in for a closer look!
It took about 4 seconds for my eyes to take in the coil, the brown pattern and connect with my brain!
The first the Hubster knew was as I flew out the door and sprinted towards him yelling "SNAKE" and screaming, whilst slapping at myself manically.
I have no doubt if I'd been caught on camera it would have been quite a sight, as I hopped around hitting myself and letting out tourettes type yelps, screams and cuss words!! To say I was totally FREAKED is an understatement.
I ran indoors and totally freaked out Bon Bon as well, with my continued slapping at myself and freaked out noises. I just felt like I needed a shower!
The Hubster killed it and threw it over the back fence, then came in to check on me. It was a 3ft+ Bull snake, so harmless but they do look like a Rattler, and who cares what it is anyway. The shock it gave me, my heart rate went through the roof and I still haven't ventured back.
The Hubster is irritated with me because I am not ready to go back out there yet. But when you come from a country where you usually only see a snake in the zoo, it takes awhile to get over such a close and surprising encounter. This will give me nightmares for a few days!
I have been wandering around my yard for the past 3 years (since the last encounter) and I think I gradually fell into a false sense of security that the yard was safe. My peace of mind is now shattered!