Since I had snakes long before we married, snakes are part of the
package. My wife draws the line at giant snakes or venomous. Easy.
One day about a year ago she saw a little black snake in the house on
the floor. Now over the years a few snakes have escaped in my house,
but nothing in at least 3 years. My collection isn't very large and the
snake didn't look like anything I had except for maybe that mexican
black king that escaped 3 years before.
She is tolerant at best when it comes to snakes, but she knew that if I
had an escaped snake, I'd feel rotten. So she put on a pair of gloves,
knowing full well nothing I had would bite, grabbed that little black
snake and put it in a bucket.
Then she started putting things together in her mind. First, no little
kingsnake is going to survive in our home for 3 years without food or
water. Second, when she picked that snake up it sure musked and smelled
rotten, quite unlike the little missing kingsnake. This snake was just
When I got home she showed me the snake. I let her know it was just a
garter snake from the yard and we let it go together. I then took her
out to dinner and let her know she was the best wife ever. I was truly
proud of her.
So Wade, good luck with the wife. Maybe she'll become desensitized to
all reptiles over the years and you can give snakes a try after a while.
Tell her what my wife did for her husband, maybe she'll come around.
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