Snakes Alive…

My husband and I cleaned out one of our storage sheds this weekend.  I was dreading this task because we usually see the rat snake who calls our storage shed home.  For the first time in several years, we didn’t see any sign of the snake–not even an old skin.  I don’t know if he’s moved on or was in deep hibernation–I’m just thankful that I didn’t see him!

Since we have wooded areas surrounding us on three sides, it’s not unusual to see a few snakes here.  We’ve had more than a few encounters with snakes in the years that we have lived here–including having one in our house!   Once  I arrived home from work, to find the children in a panic because they had seen a small snake in our kitchen.  We looked everywhere, but never did find the snake.  The children said it crawled under the refrigerator.  Thankfully, I believe it crawled back out the way that it crawled in…but  I was not very comfortable in my kitchen for a long time after that incident.

  Our most tragic snake encounter was when Brandy and Clint’s little chihuahua was chasing their kitten in some tall grass and was bitten by a rattle snake.  Clint had been outside burning leaves all afternoon–not far from where the snake was.  The little dog started yelping, but Brandy and Clint didn’t realize what had happened.  Clint got the gun and killed the snake once he realized that the dog was bitten.  Unfortunately, the snake bit little Gizmo in the head, which is the worst place to get bitten, and even though the vet gave him the ante venom, he died the following day.

Our most disgusting snake encounter was several years ago when my husband commented that our water smelled bad.  At the time it had been raining, and I assured him that it was probably due to all of the fresh water in the well.  Another day passed, and he still complained that it smelled bad, and was beginning to taste bad, too.  I finally smelled the water–and oh my–it did stink!  Upon further investigation, my husband discovered a dead snake floating in our well!  The snake apparently  found a hole to crawl through, and had fallen in our well and drowned.

We were all thoroughly disgusted by the discovery of a dead snake in our water supply!  It took quite a bit of  “trial and error” for my husband to figure out how to get the dead snake out of the well.  He finally succeeded in looping a string–like a lasso– over him and getting him out–as his decaying skin tried to slide off.  Oh my, I get nauseated just remembering it!  We had to buy bottled water to drink, until we could put  two gallons of bleach in the well to disinfect it, then wait for it to dissipate.  It was a long time before any of us wanted to drink the water again–even after it was safe! 

In 2008,  I went outside to feed our cats one afternoon.  As I was mixing up their food, I heard a rattling noise coming from a few feet away.  As soon as I heard it, I just knew it was a rattlesnake!  I went and told my husband to come quickly with the gun.  It was late afternoon and I was afraid that Ed might not be able to see the snake, so I also ran next-door,  and got my son-in-law, too!  Nobody hates snakes more than Clint!  Both men came running with guns in hand–and  sure enough, there was a rattlesnake, coiled beside a tree!   Ed spotted the snake, and  without any hesitation, he shot and killed the snake!  It is a scary thought that the snake in the photo below was coiled up no more than 25 or 30 feet from our back door!

I hate snakes!  I am terrified of them, but living with snakes is a fact when you live near wooded areas.  If I never have another snake encounter in my lifetime…I will be very happy!  Hopefully, Mr. Snake in the storage shed has died or decided to move on… and let’s hope a relative doesn’t decide to take his place! 

Just an interesting footnote here…In about 3 weeks, our neighboring county will be hosting their annual “Rattlesnake Roundup”   where  snake hunters bring in the rattlesnakes that they have captured.  Evans county has a weekend of festivities surrounding this event.  There is a large parade, arts and crafts, and they even crown a few Rattlesnake Roundup queens.   The captured rattlesnakes are on display in a large pit at the festival.  The snakes are later milked for their venom– to make ante venom serum.  There are demonstrations of the snakes being milked during the festivities.  What in the world would inspire someone to become a rattlesnake hunter??? 

We have a winner…and it is Lethea B.  She was chosen by Random.org to win the Bath and Body Works Wallflower!  Congratulations, Lethea!  Thanks to everyone who participated in the weekend giveaway!  Have a great Monday!

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  1. Kathy,
    Thanks bunches!

  2. That snake is terrifying and disgusting! Ick.


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