Saturday, May 27, 2017

An Unwelcome Visitor


I hate and fear snakes, because if you look into the eyes of any snake you will see that it knows all and more of the mystery of man’s fall, and that it feels all the contempt that the Devil felt when Adam was evicted from Eden. Besides which its bite is generally fatal, and it twists up trouser legs.
~Rudyard Kipling

It was bound to happen...  We found a snake in the woods in our backyard.  Little Bear saw it first and barked and barked alerting us to the danger.  She circled around the snake as she barked.  It took a few minutes to get her to go back into the house.

I watched the snake as my husband went inside to get his camera and a big hoe.  After taking a few pictures, he chop chop chopped the snake until it was dead.  And then he threw the snake deep into the woods.  Yikes!

From what we can tell, it was a rat snake ~ not poisonous but it still could do some damage.  It is a constrictor that squeezes its prey before it eats it.  Rat snakes eats small animals, reptiles, and birds.

Due to the lighting, the snake looks greenish in the photograph but it was really a dark black color.  It was about 3 feet long. The snake had creepy beady eyes and a long thin hissing tongue.  Little Bear keeps looking for it.  Sorry, Little Bear, the snake is no more.

6 comments:

  1. Yikes!! I HATE snakes too. So happy it didn't bite your Little Bear. I always think snakes look evil. I do not know how people can have them draped around their shoulders. Let's hope that is the last of snakes in your woods, Gina.

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    1. Kim, I don't mind pet snakes. I don't even mind holding them. They are very soft. You'd think they'd be dry and scaly feeling but they aren't. Snakes in nature...not so much.

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  2. Very frightening. We don't get too many snakes in England . Vipers are few and far between.

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    1. Elizabeth, do you have harmless garden snakes in the countryside? Some snakes help keep the rodent population down.

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  3. I don't care for them either, but we had a snake get caught in our netting around the garden and my hubby held it while I cut the netting away from it and he took it outside our fence and let it go

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    1. Connie, you all were much kinder than we were. I wanted it dead. Too close to Little Bear! xo

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