Thursday, October 28, 2010
Mother Nature Even Has The Rattlesnakes Confused
The wind blew like March today. It has been hot but is supposed to get cooler tonight. Our news paper has two pictures of men who have killed rattlesnakes with guns. One was a young man in Charlotte who killed a 5' 2" with a 12 gauge. The other was an elderly man not far from us who killed a 19" with one button in his yard with a BB gun. Now I'm thinking this little snake has to have a mama somewhere and it lives here in town. Shouldn't these guys be thinking of hibernation? The elderly man has caught 102 skunks since he moved to this location. Some of his skunks meander down this way sometime and leave their odor. Sometime we even see one. I don't know if I should think we live in the country or in town. I raced with an exotic deer, saw a fawn by the senior apartments, saw two javelinas on the street, spotted a roadrunner and a squirrel. I'm sure the squirrels will move to this street in a few years. John's pecan tree made about 20 pecans as far as I can count. If the weather is right it will grow and make more and more. The Texas Parks and Wildlife says there are nine kinds of rattlesnakes in Texas and they say their fangs seldom penetrate canvas shoes and almost never penetrate leather shoes or boots. I would have never thought that about canvas. I always though a person needed to wear boots in rattlesnake country. They say snakes should be respected as a fascinating and helpful member of the outdoors. Okay I say as long as they are going the oppsite direction of me.