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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2447 on: 25 November, 2020, 09:13:02 AM »
As for the mouse situation, I just checked the traps down in the bilge and they were the only ones with dead mice in them, so I put down five more traps.  I felt like a right bastard, I have to say - the only things I've knowingly killed in my adult life have been mosquitoes and other bitey insects.  Even the wasps I just trap and throw out.  Spiders I used to hate but now like, and I let them stay and do their bit for pest control.

I've been in a similar situation to this and also felt awful, but I'm assured it's very quick with the traps.

My Dad was a science teacher and lived in that weird space between having a lot of love and respect for animals but also being incredibly practical when it comes to killing them. I remember him finding a nest of baby mice in his hat in the garage once and very gently picking it up and carefully putting it down on the lawn. I asked what would happen to them and he said something would eat them within the hour.

I also didn't know that about snakes being venemous. I've been bitten by snakes probably dozens of times: it doesn't hurt really but it's a huge shock because of how fast they are when they strike. They hang onto you too. 
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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2449 on: 25 November, 2020, 11:50:39 AM »

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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2450 on: 25 November, 2020, 11:52:01 AM »
I've been bitten by snakes probably dozens of times

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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2451 on: 25 November, 2020, 12:03:21 PM »
"I was born a snake handler and I'll die a snake handler."

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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2452 on: 25 November, 2020, 12:03:54 PM »
They'll have to prise those snakes from my cold dead hands.
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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2453 on: 25 November, 2020, 12:16:05 PM »
I used to keep them when I was in my 20s: initially because I was all edgy and it scored points with a certain type of girl, and then once I fell down the reptile-owning rabbit hole I got fascinated by them and graduated from corn snakes up to full boa constrictor. Sometimes you have to wiggle their food around to get them to go for it and a slow snake handler can easily get bitten, which is negligible when the snake is small and bloody horrible when the snake is huge.

The end of the snake-keeping started when my now-wife introduced me to cat ownership. Despite both being species of 100% bastardry, cats are more affectionate and generally more fun, and although snakes are lazy they escape pretty much all the time which isn't ideal when a snake vs cat encounter will almost certainly end in death for one party.
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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2454 on: 25 November, 2020, 06:20:41 PM »

I've wasted my life.

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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2455 on: 26 November, 2020, 10:04:23 AM »
You're a dark horse, Boots.
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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2456 on: 26 November, 2020, 05:38:42 PM »
I agreed to look after a friend's snake once while they were on holiday and it seemed a very boring pet. All I had to do was check the heat lamp daily and defrost and feed it a mouse once a week. After eating, it wouldn't move for days, and it wasn't exactly lively or interactive the rest of the time. She later confessed she felt the same - once the novelty wore off it was all maintenance with little reward.

She swore the Tragic Heat Lamp Failure of Winter '09 was a freak accident, but ...

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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2457 on: 26 November, 2020, 11:13:29 PM »
Traps are all empty this evening.  I don't want to jinx it, but maybe, just maybe, I've won this freakin' war. 
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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2458 on: 27 November, 2020, 09:07:19 AM »
Unless... they're learning.

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Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Reply #2459 on: 27 November, 2020, 11:57:57 AM »
Unless... they're learning.

"How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!"

Well, that was weird.  Six of them just jumped up on the table, stood in a ring and sort of plaited their tails together, then started typing a Notepad document on my computer.   Turns out they just wanted to say I was a prick for killing their mates, and they don't want to live with a filthy scumbag like me anyway.  Then they fucked off with themselves to another planet and killed everyone on it.
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