Saturday, January 18, 2014
A Snake Story
One of John's sister and brothers-in-law travel from Alaska to Florida to Texas. He told John on the phone yesterday about his uninvited visitor when he was in Florida a few months ago. He opened a drawer In a cabinet in a shed to notice something move. He jerked his hand out and looked closer to see it was a Copperhead snake. He closed the drawer quickly. The only thing he could find handy was a shovel so he jerked the drawer out, threw it out into the yard and was able to kill the snake with the shovel. As John burns pear he sometimes runs a Rattlesnake out of it's den in the cactus plant. The pear burner is a good weapon if he sees the snake in time. So far this year he hasn't seen a snake. It could be because the wild hogs have been rooting all over the ranch and they kill the Rattlers. I under stand the hogs have a tough layer of hard fat where the snakes can't penetrate and kill the hogs. Nature certainly does figure things out well. The wild hogs are the enemy of the farmer and rancher but the hogs take care of the snakes that may bite people or animals. The cactus feeds the cows when there is nothing green for them to eat. One big continuous circle.