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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.

13 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i didn't realize wild hogs would kill rattlers. and after coming up against a few copperheads myself, glad he didn't get bit!

TexWisGirl said...

also meant to say, i LOVE that tree in your header photo!

Jean said...

Here a few weeks ago I heard the dogs just a barking out back and the way Jett was barking I knew he had tread something. I went out to see and it was a small snake I had to hold Jett back, he was getting too close, and I was afraid it would bite him. It went under the house and I hope it got out and left not to be seen again. Lol. Take care. Jean

TARYTERRE said...

snakes are nothing to fool with. copperheads are bad news.

marciento said...

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Jon said...

Wow, he was certainly brave to pull the drawer out, throw it in the yard, and kill the snake.
I would have been running like hell when I first saw it!

I've encountered lots of rattlers but I've never seen a copperhead.

Lucy said...

It is a good thing that mother nature kind of directs the balance of good and evil. I have been so wrapped up in myself lately, I haven,t felt like commenting. It is good to be back.

Lynne said...

My mother likes to share that when I was about five and living in Texas, I went outside to play and almost stepped on a baby rattler. My father disposed of it and its siblings that were all roosting under a lawn mower close to the house. We've had a couple baby copper heads find their way more recently into our garage. You know what got them? The mouse glue traps. Just glad they caught them before they caught us.

shirl72 said...

Mercy that is a scary story.
I was working in the yard and
saw a snake. I had a shovel so
I started to put it behind the head and it moved so I got in the middle. I didn't want to raise my shovel because it would get away. I held the shovel and thought somebody please come by so I can go get another shovel and aim for its head and....no Show. I kept pressing the shovel harder it finally died then neighbor can home for lunch. He came over and said it was a full grown Rattler. He works with Boy Scouts of America so he should know. That
is my snake story.


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jack69 said...

Snakes just ain't no fun. I never mind if I see them early enough, I don't mind observing them, BUT I hate a snake SURPRISE. But it does speed up your heart. LOL,.
Love your side bar...
Nice picture of you 'n John, looks just like y'all!!! Nice bedspread.

jack69 said...

Saw the boys off this morning.. the visit was good, they acted just like kids, we are starting to enjoy that.(smile)

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I'm a despiser of snakes, especially the poisoness ones. Only good snake is a dead snake.

Hope you'll consider doing the A-Z Challenge with me this April, Paula.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

It's so neat how Mother Nature works isn't it? Wild hogs being the enemy of the farmer but also the enemy of the rattler.