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Met a Snake in the Ladies’ Room

Updated on August 29, 2012

Thank God it was not a rattlesnake


About 32 years ago I had an ileocystoplasty. This is a bladder reconstruction where 80 percent of my bladder was replaced with small intestine. I don’t know how successful the surgery was; however, I have used the restroom frequently every since.


Because teachers are not supposed to leave classes unattended, I go to the restroom at the end of each class. Today at the end of 5th period, I made my usual trip to the ladies room which is right next to my classroom. As I opened the door to leave the ladies room, I saw a long colorful object on the floor. I did a double take and recognized that it was a snake with his head raised off the floor about an inch.


At first I thought one of my students was trying to trick me. Then I saw it move ever so slightly. I started to scream and jump around. Two of my students were watching and asked what was wrong. I pointed to the snake and said, “A SNAKE!” They offered to take it out for me.


Snake!


By this time, I was talking from behind my classroom door. The janitor opened my door and I screamed again. I thought someone was bringing the snake in. The janitor, unaware of the snake, was coming for his complimentary flavored water that I often give him. The kids were laughing and I told him about the snake. He said, “Oh I see them all the time.” He explained that they come out in hot weather looking for water. That’s why the snake was on his way to the bathroom!


Later students told me that they see snakes all the time when in PE when they run on the hill. The janitor said most of the snakes are garden snakes; however, he said he had set a gopher trap and caught a rattlesnake.


I went the ladies room three more times before leaving campus. Each time I kept the outside door open until I full inspected the 5x5 room, including the toilet. Then I thought, “If a snake can get in the bathroom, what about my classroom.” My classroom has 3 small rooms for storage, a wardrobe room, a large classroom and an office. There are many places for a snake(s) to hide. I will not possibly be able to check every inch of that room throughout the day.


“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34



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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Hi Diane, I just had to laugh at this, but if I were in your shoes I would be doing exactly the same thing. I would probably be a nervous wreck by now - snakes and I don't get along. Voted up, interesting and funny!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you Shelley! I'm seriously considering rather or not I should retire. I'm hearing more and more snake encounters. A student has a video showing another student getting bitten by a baby rattler last week as the PE teacher screamed, "Don't pick it up! It's a rattler." We have encroached on reptile territory and they "ain't" leaving.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi diane, I laughed too! but I get your point, I would have screamed the place down! lol! then again I am English and I have never seen a snake over here! we do have them, just two species, the grass snake, not dangerous, and the Adder which is if you are suseptable to bites or stings, but after all these years I have never seen one! thanks goodness, phew! lol!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Nell, I just got home. As I drove I reflected on the snake incident and got a tension headache. The only thing that makes sense is that the snake was already in the bathroom when I went in. I was focused on what I had to do so I didn't look down. Every since, I check the whole bathroom before going in. Tonight I imagined a snake rising up from the floor board. You know that has happened to a couple of people. They were driving and discovered a snake was in the car.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I had to laugh at your story, but I would have been screaming too at one time, until my son got a pet python, it took me a good long while to get used to it but it wasn't so bad once I got to know it. They are not slimy as you would imagine.

      It must have been such a shock for you no wonder you got a tention headache.

      Take care

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Rosemay, I am stressed daily. I'm thinking of seeing a therapist but I don't want to be off guard in case another snake is around.

      Did you touch the python?

      My friend, in another state, had a boa constrictor years ago. When her daughter was born, she got rid of the snake. Her daughter went on to graduate with top honors from Yale and get a law degree from George Washington University.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Yes it took me a while but I did touch the snake, even had it around my neck Lol. Not sure I would trust a boa constrictor though, that would be a different matter. So pleased to hear your friend got rid of the snake before the baby was born, wow scary.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      I'm sure your son things you're cool! I know you are brave.

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      Ida Moose 4 years ago

      I remember my grandfather told me that the snake is as frightened as you are; "turn and walk slowly away!" But if there are rattlers there,ask the maintenance people about extermination. It can be done.Good luck!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you for your advice Ida. If I ask for an exterminator they will probably say it is cheaper for me to retire.

      Hey guys! This is the Mrs. Moose I wrote about. Can you believe it!!!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi dianetrotter it's funny now but i am sure that it was not at all funny when it was happen to you. But it could have been worse and could have been that rattlesnake that was in the bathroom with you .

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you kashmir, Since then there have been at least 5 sightings - not by me but students. I'm going to upload the student who tried to pick up a baby rattler.

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