S – Snake


“ He who has been bitten by a snake, fears a piece of string.”   Persian Proverb

“Every great story seems to begin with a snake.”  Nicolas Cage

 Have you ever noticed that boys, particularly young boys have a tendency to be very curious about the creepiest things?  Plus, my little boy, Matt, was especially curious about all kinds of snakes.  Besides exploring for garden snakes in my garden and yard, periodically I would take Matt to one of our local pet stores that carried an array of extremely large and foreign snakes for him to view.

Matt would eagerly yank my hand as he raced toward the store after we climbed out of my Volvo station wagon.  He would rush into the store and head straight for the Anacondas and Burmese Pythons to stand in front of the snake cage entranced with his nose pressed to the glass. My little boy conducted a staring contest with the Burmese Python or the Anaconda as they lay in front of Matt. Since the pet store also housed lizards, fish, rats, mice, hamsters, rabbits, and other animals, we would go and spend what seemed hours examining every resident of each cage in the store.

Now, where I love animals, I prefer the four-legged creatures to the reptiles.  Matt, being a little boy, constantly was pressuring mom to get him a snake or lizard.  Nahhhh, I don’t think so!

One day, my little curious boy, was especially enthralled in watching the Burmese Python slither around the cage.  Instead of lying there asleep like usual, the python seemed to be looking for a way out of the cage.  It appeared to be aggressively climbing the window as if it either wanted to eat Matt or convince Matt to take him home with us. Matt and I were completely hypnotized by this monstrous snake as were a few other patrons of the store.

The snake’s slithering movements were making me extremely nervous. I felt a bit as if the snake was working for a hypnotist as I felt he was drawing me closer.  It was as if nothing else existed in the room.  The snake was nearly at the top of his glassed in cage seeking a way out.

Now, keep in mind that I’m tall, my jeans have a 34” inseam and I had on a pair of high heeled shoes.  I had absolutely no concept of what else was taking place in the store.  I was totally and utterly engrossed in this humungous Burmese Python as my little boy pulled me closer.  SUDDENLY I felt fangs bury themselves in my thigh!  I jumped back and screeched!  I was totally convinced that one of these monstrous snakes was now attached to my leg.  How was I going to escape?  I was terrified.  Would anyone be able to help me before I was eaten?

I looked down to see what damage was being done to my leg, only to see this teeny, tiny kitten hanging from my jeans with all four paws.  Evidently, this bitty kitty thought my leg was a climbing post and he had decided to jump as far up the post as he could!  While I reached down to extract the “monster” that had tried to eat me from my leg, the rest of the store patrons were laughing their heads off.  I’m sure they knew exactly what had been going through my mind… that I was dinner for the snake.

Then what does my little boy say, “Mom, can we take the snake home?”  I think that was the fastest exit I ever made from that pet store with my son in hand!


About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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17 Responses to S – Snake

  1. Susan Scott says:

    O shoot, I’m laughing! I can just picture it!!!! I would have been scared silly!
    I believe a python escaped from it’s ‘shop’ the other day … it happens from time to time, and I always wonder how residents are dealing with this.
    I love the persian quote ..
    The Buddha was under the Bo Tree undergoing his final stage of enlightenment. Mara and her Furies were doing their best to prevent this and sent a bolt of lightning down to Buddha to kill him. A King Cobra emerged from the shadows to offer Buddha its head for protection …
    That which can kill can also cure-
    Thanks so much Gwynn!
    Garden of Eden Blog

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Ohhhh man, trust me, Susan. That kitten scared the ever lovin’ daylights out of me as I was so engrossed or hypnotized by that Python. I definitely provided entertainment for the other people in the shop, that’s for sure! Thanks for taking the time to read my crazy stories.

  2. Lol. Great story, Gwynn, and what a courageous little boy Matt was. My son, now ten, would probably look at the snake from the distance, although I’m not sure. Maybe I should test this and take him to a pet store with snakes. 😉 Love the aside with the kitten. I could just imagine how fast you dashed out of there, probably never returned. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I love reading personal stories.

  3. charlotte says:

    Pet stores – I use to think of them as free zoos, a place to take the children until I got hit! Nice to meet and connect through atozchallenge. http://aimingforapublishingdeal.blogspot.co.uk/

  4. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Now I’m laughing Sylvia! You are correct, we never went back to view the snakes. I did get my son a hamster and years later a gecko, but that is as close to a snake as I would go. Heck, even the gecko escaped from its’ cage while Matt was away with friends for a weekend. I was lucky that the gecko stayed with the heating lamp!

    My son was about 10 when this happened. Now he and his wife have a five month old daughter. I’m waiting for their fun to start!! 😉

  5. Tina Peterson says:

    I’m still catching up with your Challenge letters. I’ve enjoyed J through S and it’s nice to see how you’ve tied in various aspects of your life through the letters! Thank you for sharing. Tina

  6. Kimberly says:

    You got me that was a funny one! Good think you didn’t kick your leg or the poor kitty may have gone flying. LOL

    Blogging AtoZ “Things My Husband Has Broken”

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi Kimberly, Thanks for stopping by to comment. Actually, I’m STILL wondering what the kitten was doing wandering around loose in the store. I sure hope the kitten didn’t get close to that snake! Second thought, after that kitten scared me so badly, I hope the snake at least scared the little guy! I REALLY thought I was going to be dinner for some snake! LOL!! 😉

  7. patgarcia says:


    I am not a friend of snakes and personally would scream as I run the other way if presented with one. I admire your courage to get rid of the little monster. I really enjoy your stories about you and your family.


    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      The little kitten was cute. How it jumped so high up onto my thigh, I’ll never know, but it definitely caught me unawares and scared the daylights out of me! I was trying to be a “brave” mom so my son wouldn’t be afraid of snakes. Thanks for your comment Pat!

  8. CJ Schwartz says:

    My boys love snakes, too! And I also have a Matt. 🙂

    Hello from a fellow A to Z challenger. We’re getting close now 🙂

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I stopped by to look at your blog. You have some interesting information there. I’m not into Fantasy, but I do like some of Martin’s other works. I really appreciate you stopping by to comment. This challenge has been good for me, but I’m POOPED trying to come up with different ideas.

      Enjoy the A to Z Challenge! Good work!

  9. The kitten and the snake. 🙂 🙂 Very funny. Great story, Gwynn. Also, what Susan says about the Buddha sitting beneath the Bodi Tree and the king cobra. Truth. Having faith. Trusting you will be protected — though not always in the ways you might expect.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      At the moment that the kitten launched itself at my leg I was not thinking of being protected… I was SURE I was being devoured! I am sure I was the brunt of many conversations of fellow pet store guests… as they were howling with laughter! Dang, that kitten had sharp claws! 😉

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