|A harmless black snake sunning it self in a driveway|
Snakes scare me. Yes, I have a primordial fear of snakes. But no, I don't kill a snake on sight.
This past week snakes have been in the dialogue. My niece, who lives in South Carolina has her big girl panties all in a twist because she saw a snake slither into the crawlspace of her house. She has seven kids ranging in age from eight to eighteen. She says she "fears" for them. Oh my goodness niece, get a grip.
She has sent several Facebook messages about how she has her dog crawling in the crawlspace after the snake. Of course she wants to kill the snake. Hey, guess what niece, the snake is more afraid of you than you are of the snake.
A couple of years ago I saw my neighbor come charging out of his house with a shovel. He found a harmless garden sunning himself in his driveway. So of course he passed the death sentence on that snake and "shoveled" it to death. He had to protect his daughter.
|A harmless garter snake I found at Pepper's Nursery while I was shopping for bushes|
You know what? If he had given the snake a chance to warm up that harmless garter snake would have slithered off out of harm's way.
|Ariel view of our former Pennsylvania wooded property - snake infested - we survived|
Having said all this about snakes, the few times I've encountered a snake they have scared me. In fact the only time I've ever screamed in my life was back in 1976. Bill and I had purchased seven acres of wooded land in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Bill drove his car to a clearing in the property. As I was getting out of the car I almost stepped on a snake. As my foot was going down I let out a scream that I didn't know I was capable of. Never in my life had I screamed before (maybe when I was born and was circumcised but I don't remember) now since. In fact, I've tried to scream (like a little girl) and it just doesn't work. But did it ever work that day! Of course the snake quickly slithered off into the woods and no harm was done to me or the snake.
|The garter snake taking off after I took its picture - camera shy|
Another time I was on a road cleanup crew. It was an early spring morning. As I was picking up the litter at a high traffic crossroads I came across a hubcap. I picked it up and THERE WAS A SNAKE! And it had a fancy design on it back so I KNOW it was poisonous. I didn't scream this time but slowly place the hubcap back on top of that fancy design snake. I didn't kill it.
So folks, when you see a snake, don't kill it. Gather up your cojones and leave it. Okay?