Monday, June 04, 2007

The Great Cyan Snake Caper!

Blade, Mousie, Teryn and I were able to make the trek to Cyan this last weekend, to deliver the IMMENSE amount of coffee that the fans raised money for.

We stopped by, and most everyone was at lunch, so we put all the treats on display, and headed out for lunch ourselves. While leaving I noted something large in the driveway.

"Was that a rattlesnake?" I asked Blade. "Buh?" he replied.

Some time, and a few chalupas, later, we returned to find the afternoon disk golf run in full swing, and Byron mowing the lawn. And the large snake still curled up in the middle of the driveway.

Inside, we got a dose of classic Cyan hospitality, with warm greeting from Rand & Tony, and lots of ooohing and aahhhing over the coffee. Then I piped up with

"I see you guys hired a new guard."

Puzzled looks all around.

"There's a big old rattlesnake in the driveway."

"What? Really? Like, right now?"

Moke had to go look, and decided the appropriate tool for the job was a golf club from his office.

"What *is* he doing?"

"I think he's going to go poke at it..."

Nothing would do then but everyone else had to go take a look, too.

By this time, Byron has moved the snake to the side of the road, it being an EX snake, due to it's unfortunate placement in the middle of the driveway.

But there was Moke, poking at it with a golf club, and lifting it up. It was a couple feet long, at least. Then, seeing no rattles, but knowing that rattlers do shed their rattles, it was decided to check for fangs. So they were poking at the head, and opening the mouth. No fangs to be seen, so they decided it must not have been a rattlesnake.

I am still KICKING myself for forgetting my camera**, because they were having WAY to much fun trying to figure this snake out.

Rand thanked us for bringing the week's entertainment :)

** pics of the coffee were obtained, though.


Toria/Deb said...

Thank you SO MUCH for delivering it all to them. WOW at the size of that snake. Yikes that is scary, dude. I'd be shaking and going "Yikes I hate snakes" but would be curious, nonetheless. Sounds like a HOT weekend. Enjoy the goodies Cyanists! :D

Anonymous said...

Its going to drive me nuts now what kinda snake it was. :)

- Ry

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Unknown said...

Toria, please don't hate snakes for being what they are. I keep them as pets and always try to find out just why people hate them so. I can understand if you've had a bad experience with them but other than that, most hatred of snakes is a learned behavior.

As to the snake you saw, what did it look like? Color? Triangular head or squarish head? It could have been a bullsnake or any number of indigenous ones that frequent WA and ID. Here's a link to rattlesnakes of E. WA:

and also to a bullsnake/gopher snake: