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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 2nd, 2021, 7:33 pm

Just keep it as a pet! let it wriggle around the house.
Haha.  I forgot to mention: I am AFRAID of snakes.

Anything else fine - mice, spiders, really large moths, even bats.

But as Emily Dickinson said - when I see a snake, it's zero at the bone.

A narrow Fellow in the Grass

A narrow Fellow in the Grass
Occasionally rides -
You may have met him? Did you not
His notice instant is -

The Grass divides as with a Comb,
A spotted Shaft is seen,
And then it closes at your Feet
And opens further on -

He likes a Boggy Acre -  
A Floor too cool for Corn -
But when a Boy and Barefoot
I more than once at Noon

Have passed I thought a Whip Lash
Unbraiding in the Sun
When stooping to secure it
It wrinkled 
And was gone -

Several of Nature’s People
I know, and they know me
I feel for them a transport
Of Cordiality

But never met this Fellow
Attended or alone
Without a tighter Breathing
And Zero at the Bone.

I will keep an eye on it and if it comes back tomorrow - maybe a terrarium until spring for safe keeping. Lined with leaves and snake snacks.
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 2nd, 2021, 7:41 pm

He's more afraid of you than you are of him. (I know because there's a snake forum in which he's posting about getting stuck in some crazy horse lady's basement! The advice there is, well, unrepeatable!)
 
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 2nd, 2021, 7:47 pm

He's more afraid of you than you are of him. (I know because there's a snake forum in which he's posting about getting stuck in some crazy horse lady's basement! The advice there is, well, unrepeatable!)
Hehe. What interesting worlds you visit in your spare time!

I am going to the store to look at terrariums. I don't like to imprison a wild creature, but this will be a good compromise until it is warm outside consistently.

HIs name will be Gauss!
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 3rd, 2021, 1:32 pm

You evidently have on your hands a thin-tailed snake. Much less dangerous than the black (swan) mamba!
 
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 3rd, 2021, 1:55 pm

You evidently have on your hands a thin-tailed snake. Much less dangerous than the black (swan) mamba!
Sure - or a dragon-king-snake.  Then I would have to call in the experts!

Gauss is doing very well.  Put him in a cool (but not frigidly cold) place and he went back into the so-called torpor kind of sleep.

Here he is in a small box (punched a series of small air holes in the lid) before his sleep time and I'm picking up the aquarium today.

The problem with the basement would be losing track of him - the water heater is nice and warm, the furnace is nice and warm...until they become HOT. 
You can imagine the not-so-fat-tailed event that would be likely in those locations.
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 3rd, 2021, 4:10 pm

Cuteness! Unlike you, I love snakes, but I'm panically afraid of fish (with a few exceptions), so I can appreciate and admire your heroic act of kindness :-)

You've probably read the advice already:
"How cold is cold enough? Opinions vary, but 12°C (53°F) seems like a good starting point, give or take a few degrees. Northern snakes will probably want it colder yet; some Canadian snakes have been observed in the wild at single-digit temperatures. Southern snakes, on the other hand, may not need it quite so cold.

If you cannot provide these temperatures, you may not be able to hibernate your snakes successfully: too cold (for example, an outbuilding that gets below the freezing point), and your snakes will freeze; too warm, and their metabolisms won’t slow down enough, and they’ll lose weight."

So basically you could put him or her in a fridge until spring for brumation...
 
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 3rd, 2021, 5:29 pm

You've probably read the advice already:
"How cold is cold enough? Opinions vary, but 12°C (53°F) seems like a good starting point, give or take a few degrees. Northern snakes will probably want it colder yet; some Canadian snakes have been observed in the wild at single-digit temperatures. Southern snakes, on the other hand, may not need it quite so cold....
Great - thank you!  i will add this to my collection of snake info. resources.

There is an unheated front hallway here that's about right temperature-wise right now and i have also lined up some appropriate food items, just in case.

No danger of freezing or starving for my new "friend." And when April comes - slithering to freedom again!
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 3rd, 2021, 8:08 pm

What about snake droppings?
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 3rd, 2021, 8:24 pm

What about snake droppings?
I love your practical questions!

Yes, I will keep the terrarium clean and pristine. : ) 

How is the math going?
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 4th, 2021, 9:46 am

Indeed! 7 to go Image
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 6th, 2021, 9:02 pm

Where is the other side of the lake?
 
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 9th, 2021, 3:12 pm

How many Norwegians can speak Icelandic?
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 9th, 2021, 6:46 pm

How many Norwegians can speak Icelandic?

I would think a vanishingly small number. While Icelandic is of course pretty much Norwegian as it was spoken a thousand years ago (give or take a couple of hundred years), the languages are not close to being mutually comprehensible, like Norwegian, Swedish and Danish are. And I can probably think of a couple of dozen other foreign languages more likely to be studied by Norwegians than Icelandic.
 
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 9th, 2021, 7:32 pm

So, no one reads the Sagas in the original?
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Re: Stupid question of the day

March 9th, 2021, 9:26 pm

“No one” is obviously pushing it, but I also think there is at least a small gap between being able to hack through a part of Snorre, dictionary in hand, and to chat up a young lady in a bar in Reykjavik. Without resorting to English, that is.