No one in Oakland has ever seen a gopher snake. Or a 4' snake.
So this is what happens when one makes a debut - two grown men scream while flinging the snake around with a golf club.
I want all you country folk to know that not all us city folks are screaming wimps. Take Minnie. She is a 4' gopher snake who I caught bare-handed a few years ago. She is one of three gopher snakes I have personally handled with my bare hands. I don't really advise doing that. The largest was 5.5' long. He was big and heavy and angry. The 3' one was tough as nails and decided s/he was going to eat my arm. They're constrictors, you know. Another staff member had to prise her/him off of me. I love my city living but equally adore my country work.
If I were those two men, I'd be embarrassed. I'd be embarrassed if those two men were women too. If you're going to handle a snake, do it with a straight back and some confidence, for cripes sake. Otherwise, just don't do it. If I can wrangle a gopher snake in less than two minutes, anyone can. Forty five minutes is ridonculous. RIDONCULOUS.