and that’s not what it takes to thrill me .. ”
Okay, when I went to look up the lyrics of this Jim Stafford song , I found that he said “love me”, not “thrill me”, but it’s stuck in my mind as thrill me. I’m a Florida native and I’m okay with snakes (and I like spiders 🙂
(If snakes freak you out – don’t read any further.)
But when I went to get hay and saw this coming out of a roll of hay, I was a bit startled – and definitely NOT thrilled, even though this is a not a venomous snake.
A few years back, Dave was working on a cabin that was so far back off the beaten trail that they were working with generators – no electricity, no plumbing. On a break out back, one of the carpenters came upon an unusual sight. The owner got pictures and was kind enough to send me a few.
This is a black snake swallowing a copperhead. The snakes were nearly equal in length and Dave tells me the process took all day. I love my black snakes!!! I think this snake is more properly called a rat snake. Whatever you call them, I am happy to see them around. Especially after Maggie, my Great Dane, and a ram lamb both suffered copperhead bites a few years back. I rushed Maggie to the vet, only to find out that the vets don’t consider copperhead bites to be much of an emergency. The receptionist said “yep, looks like a snake bite” and I waited an hour for the vet. The vet says it’s right up there with a wasp sting – and maybe not as bad as a Japanese Hornet sting. Maggie was treated with an antibiotic and benadryl. The ram lamb recovered with a couple of doses of benadryl. Still – I’m not excited to see copperheads around and we’ve killed three this year that were in our space. Rattlesnakes have a different toxin than copperheads, by the way, so just benadryl isn’t going to work.
This rat snake was getting really tired of me chasing him/her around with my camera!