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Old 07-04-2014, 03:47 PM   #51
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It seems this hate for snakes is alive and well here in the south.
I *really* wish you would stop saying "here in the south" as if you speak for all Southerners.
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Old 07-04-2014, 03:50 PM   #52
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PF, that spider is adorable.

I seem to have missed getting the gene that makes us afraid of snakes and spiders. I have never been afraid of them. I grew up in California where there are black widow spiders and rattle snakes. I learned to respect those, without fearing them. I have been the accidental aggressor to each of those. I remained calm and wasn't bitten. They went on their way.
My dad had a boa constrictor as a pet when I was a small child. I took its skin to school for show-and-tell one year. Growing up in Michigan, garter snakes were everywhere. We didn't bother them. We have one living under our shed right now.

I also had a high-school friend whose boyfriend had a boa constrictor. She was terrified of snakes. I carried it around a party at his house once with it wrapped around my waist. She freaked out.
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:35 PM   #53
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Washington State is loaded with spiders. My in-laws paid me to clean out the webs on their property and in their homes. Extra if I killed a spider. I would have done it for nothing. I have no problem with killing crawlers, like spiders, roaches, centipede, silverfish, ants, any bug that can crawl around my home. And mosquitos don't stand a chance around me. They are dead before they know it. We have the Equine Encephalitis in this state every year. And there is always at least one death.

Add scorpions to that list. Found one in my kitchen sink in Texas. Poured scalding hot water over it until I was sure it was dead. Then I called my neighbor to please come and take it out of the sink for me. I was pregnant with Poo at the time.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:15 PM   #54
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It seems this hate for snakes is alive and well here in the south.
A shovel being the choice of weapon in most cases with a gun shot coming in second.
Purposeful running over of any kind of snake is considered "doing the right thing". I was reprimanded once for swerving to miss a snake crossing the road.
I have come to the conclusion as to why this feeling is so prevalent.
Remember the story about Adam and Eve?
I have this feeling it really just boils down to the belief that all snakes are inherently bad.

I have a different take on this... most folks have a hard time distinguishing one snake from another and while many are harmless, some are not. One of the big issues is that snakes often turn up in surprising places where you don't expect them. People know this and perhaps overact.

Years ago I was bitten by a copperhead in western NC. I was IN my house, in fact I was in my bathroom and sat down on "the seat". There was a snake behind the hinges and it bit me. I spent many days in the hospital and all these years later, still have a a visceral reaction to snakes, regardless of the variety. In my head I know most are harmless, still my first inclination is to get a shovel.....
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I get the heebie jeebies with snakes when I first see them. Can't help it. We have the highly venomous Mojave greens out here, but I can only count on one hand the times I have seen one, in 40 years of living out here and roaming the desert.

Whenever I go walking in the desert looking at wildflowers and arrowhead hunting (sshhh, don't tell anyone ), I take my 5' long "snake stick". I tap it on the ground while I'm walking. It lets them know I'm there and too big to eat, and they can go on their way. They serve a very useful purpose in keeping the rodent population down.
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I get the heebie jeebies with snakes when I first see them. Can't help it. We have the highly venomous Mojave greens out here, but I can only count on one hand the times I have seen one, in 40 years of living out here and roaming the desert.

Whenever I go walking in the desert looking at wildflowers and arrowhead hunting (sshhh, don't tell anyone ), I take my 5' long "snake stick". I tap it on the ground while I'm walking. It lets them know I'm there and too big to eat, and they can go on their way. They serve a very useful purpose in keeping the rodent population down.
We have noisemakers, only in our case we are letting the bears know...
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We have noisemakers, only in our case we are letting the bears know...

Heh. Along with the bells and hot peppers. That are found in bear poop.
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We have noisemakers, only in our case we are letting the bears know...
OMGoodness, princess....we all have some critters but you have some big 'uns.
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Heh. Along with the bells and hot peppers. That are found in bear poop.
Yep!!!
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OMGoodness, princess....we all have some critters but you have some big 'uns.
Bears we can see coming, snakes...not so much and mountain lions, forget about it. Make sure your shoes are tied...
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