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The New Definition of SUCKS! 
4th-Aug-2007 12:09 pm
I'm outside watering plants and Brian notices a rather sizable garter snake in our duck-weed covered garden pond. We normally have around 14 frogs living in this pond keeping the mosquitoes down. I notice only one little frog on the far edge, his nose and eyes barely above water, and point him out to Brian. "Shit...I shouldn't show the snake where the frog is!" I gasp. Snake seems non-plussed.

I turn to do more watering when I hear the most god-awful squeak. I turn to see the snake take down the frog I pointed out.

I'm near tears. If I hadn't pointed him out, would he have had a chance? That squeak was horrific.

Brian gets the snake out of my garden pond, the frog visible and slightly audible deep in the snake's tummy. We relocate him to the big pond out front.

I feel horrible.
4th-Aug-2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
I doubt the snake saw you point at the frog, snakes have very bad eyesight and hunt mostly by smell.

Now if you misted the frog in gravy and waved it in front of the snake then it might have considered that an offer for lunch.
4th-Aug-2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
wonder what kind of gravy a snake would like....

It's true Witch... you have no culpability in this tragic event. Circle of life and all that Nature Channel shit...

however, this is from the guy who gets misty eyed ever time I see a squirrel on the side of the road. M explained it to me though... You see, they are young guys feeling the full vigor of youth, and being such, they are into EXTREME SPORTS. Lets face it... Kids do stupid things! Perhaps your amphibious fellow was also into such dangerous pass times, tempting fate and his frogyhood by "running with the snakes" ala Hemingway....

I suggest you post a sign in the pond to warn any future froggy youth from attempting such reckless and dangerous exploits.

it has also been ages since you have sent me pictures of your garden.... *nudge nudge*

4th-Aug-2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
"wonder what kind of gravy a snake would like...."

Frog gravy of course.

4th-Aug-2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
I'm positive the snake knew all about the frog long before you saw it.
4th-Aug-2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
I think snakes have really horrible eyesight -- it's much more likely that that he just smelled him. I'm sorry you had to see (and hear) that, but I hope you won't let it weigh too heavily on your heart.
4th-Aug-2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
not to make light of the situation - i'd have been horrified, too, but it's really a metaphor for life. sometimes you're the snake, other times, you're most definitely the frog. kudos for relocating the snake rather than killing him, too.
4th-Aug-2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, the snake was a right bastard for hunting in my pond, but he was just a snake doing what a snake does. Couldn't kill him. Just couldn't stomach him taking any more of my mosquito killers.

I just wish I could get that squeak out of my head.
4th-Aug-2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Aww, poor froggy. But yes, I have to agree that you were not responsible for his demise.

Now you know to be proactive about snake relocation, though. :)
5th-Aug-2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
But if the snake didn't eat, he would die.

Eat him for supper, then you'll be even.
6th-Aug-2007 10:02 am (UTC)
Last week I went for a bike ride and coming back up the alley, I saw this little cat standing right next to a bird. I mean, like freakishly close. I slowed down and approached carefully, expecting one of them to take off, but they both just sat there watching me. It was so bizarre. Even at a distance, the cat wasn't attacking the bird it was just sitting next to it. I called the cat over and started petting it and then was close enough to see that the bird was a baby at that just-learning-to-fly stage. So I kept the kitty distracted until the bird scooted into a neighboring yard, under the fence.

I was worried that maybe the cat would try to get it, so I walked back, but the cat was just laying their rolling around on its back and I couldn't see the bird, so I think it got away. I kept bracing myself for a horrible squawking noise, but it never came, thank god.

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