|They are everywhere!|
I have never cared much for snakes. Even harmless snakes in the garden. Man, you want to see me jump hurdles? Just shove a snake in my face.
I live in major rattlesnake country. They are everywhere. Sometimes, on a summer evening, you will see one, rolling and slithering down the street.
Then my husband explained to me, rather than freak out every time I see one - to once again, try and understand the rattlesnake - or any snake for that matter. I resisted for quite some time. Then it made sense. I had to face my FEAR.
Rattlesnakes do not comb the world, looking for you. They really don't want to be bothered. They are introverts (like me) Just leave them alone and they are fine. Granted, if you are out and you step on one, gear up. Put yourself in their lowly position. They are only defending themselves. They truly are a fascinating creature.
I really felt sorry for this snake. It was trying desperately to get out of the cold water. While I am afraid of them, it would have been hard for me to turn my back on this snake. My husband said, he would have tried to save it - like pop it in a cooler. On the other hand, I don't blame the young people on the boat. It must have been very scary. I wonder if they will be going back out on the Lake anytime soon?
The big king snakes in your yard is actually a good thing. They eat rattlesnakes. The more king snakes you have just means there is a lot of rattlesnake food for them. At the Veteran Home, on occasion, a snake will slither onto the automatic doors- they open and in comes a rattlesnake. My husband says, they will see them, on the security cameras. They have to have those special snake rakes to take them back outside. That freaks out many of the nurses.
So far in our yard, we do not have any. When I was a nanny, here - a few years ago - the family I was working with, had 2 dens in the yard. They had to call an exterminator. Once, there was a rattlesnake in the garage and the dad shot it with his b b gun. When I was working there, I always had to be careful with the little girls, out in the yard and when the dogs started barking in a strange way, I had to bring them in. I'll admit, I could never get really comfortable when the girls were outside.
There are many more snakes this year and they are out and about. I may respect them, but it does make hiking a little nerve racking. I don't feel comfortable sitting or climbing up on big rocks. Once I was walking across these big rocks in a stream and came across a very long, rattlesnake. I watched as he continued to slither around the rock, trying to to get away from me. He must have been 8 ft long. We have signs everywhere - rattlesnake habitats.
|Poor Baby- 20 stitches|
My husband wants to go backpacking at the end of this month. I asked him if he wanted to take our dog, Laydee. He's decided not to take her. She needs some rattlesnake training as well as a shot. We'll try and get her readied by next year. Rarely do we ever hear of someone getting bit, by a rattlesnake. Usually, it's a drunken tourist. We do, however, hear about the dogs that have been bitten.
|A little swollen?|
Now, comparing a rattlesnake to those huge long snakes from other parts of the world - that hang on trees and squeeze the life at of you, I'll take a rattlesnake any day.