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My first encounter with a snake...
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Cowboy Joe    Posted 04-27-2002 at 17:30:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
was when I was a baby living in Leonia, NJ. My mother filled the bath tub with water, and just as it was almost filled, out of the faucet came a GARTER SNAKE. My mother quickly yanked me out of the tub. However, the symbolism is fraught with Freudian overtones. I managed to survive the "attack" despite being shocked more than scared. Anyone else ever get surprised by snakes? The only other snakes I despise are politicians and liars (I mean lawyers).

magpie    Posted 04-28-2002 at 17:03:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have certianly had a few encounters with rattlers. The first one was walking home from school it was laying in the road, it looked big to me but I was small then, I skirted around it and kept on going. When I got older I started killing them, all of them, but that was the way it was 30 or more years ago. I might not do that now unless they were in my yard. The only snakes we have here are garters, they don't get killed.

Ron/PA    Posted 04-28-2002 at 12:23:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was about 6 years old, my older brother was in the tractor shed, when a copper head popped up from pile of parts and cornered him in the far corner of the shed. He yelled for me to go tell dad to bring the gun cause there was a copperhead in the tractor shed. I mosied along and played here and there, petted the dog, then finally went in for a drink of water. When seeing my dad I said "oh by the way a John has a copperhead in the tractor shed"
Well John got scared, the snake got dead, and I got my *ss tanned!!!!
From that day on, I like snakes better than my brother. (grin)

Ole Cuss    Posted 04-28-2002 at 04:16:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

When I was about 4, I came into the house where my mother was sewing and announced that I had found a big worm. "That's nice," she said. "It's a real big worm!" I insisted. "Nicer still," she replied. "But it's a really, REAL BIG worm!" I kept on and on, wanting her to see it, until she gave up trying to have some peaceful time to herself and went outside with me. There I showed her my "big worm": a fat five-foot black snake crawling up a carport post. From then on, she made sure I knew the difference between "worm" and "snake".

LH    Posted 04-27-2002 at 20:48:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't care for snakes but don't believe in just killing them because they're snakes either. My scariest encounter was about 20 years ago when I nearly stepped right on top of a big timber rattler. He rattled and scared thehell outta me but didn't bite. I backed off and left him be.

dennis    Posted 04-27-2002 at 18:23:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
My real scary encounter was when I was walking in and out of my tool shed and after about the tenth time I just happened to look down at the end of my workbench and there was a copperhead coiled up.
I got him into a 5 gal bucket and took him across the road and let him go.
My neighbor was angry because I didn't KILL IT!!!!!!!!!! but I figure the snake could have bitten me at any time and chose not to so I really
didn't want to kill it JUST BECAUSE I COULD.

Dave 2N    Posted 04-28-2002 at 07:03:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dennis-I'm proud of you and so is probably the Sierra Club. Now I'm not one to kill something indiscriminately but but when something like a Copperhead invades my territory, he's a goner!!! To remain cocnsistent here, how many of the snake lovers are hunters?? Don't give me the old line about that being different because you are going to eat the kill. Have you ever heard of supermarkets???

F14...Ummmmmm    Posted 04-28-2002 at 07:18:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
How is a supermarket different? Meat is meat, whether the packer kills it, or I do.

In fact, if I kill it, at least I know it was butchered in reasonably clean conditions, which is a heck of a lot more than can be said for a lot of commercial packing houses.

Not trying to start a flame war here, just making an observation.

BTW, I hunt occasionally, and I also believe in live and let live. When I hunt, I hunt for meat, not for trophies. Much rather have a tender young spike horn than some leathery old buck with a huge rack.

Haven't killed anything that wasn't threatening my stock or my family since I was a kid and didn't know any better.

Dave 2N    Posted 04-28-2002 at 07:22:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hunt too and agree about rather having a tender young deer than an old tough one. I was just trying to point out that sometimes people engage in hypocrisy; that is, the "Snakes Are Great Club" might not necessarily have any qualms about hunting. If so, they aren't being consistent.

F14...Oh    Posted 04-28-2002 at 07:30:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Missed your main point.

Still, I don't necessarily see an inconsistency between "Snakes are Great" and hunting. Both are forms of conservation. Leaving snakes (and bats and skunks and other rodent and/or insect predators) alone makes sense. "Harvesting" (to use the currently correct euphemism) excess deer to maintain a healthy herd makes sense too.

Not that there aren't plenty of hypocrites to go around these days...

bob ny    Posted 04-27-2002 at 19:49:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
hooray for people like you if you leave them alone they will not bother you

Les...fortunate    Posted 04-27-2002 at 18:22:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Considering where you live, I would think snakes are but a trifle considering all the other vermin prowling around. ";^)

Cowboy Joe    Posted 04-28-2002 at 08:48:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like politicians and lawyers (liars)?

Les    Posted 04-28-2002 at 11:11:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I ain't a big fan of Hank Williams Jr. but always identified with "A Country Boy Can Survive". Ain't there a line in there about a friend of his from NYC who gets murdered for a small amount of money? That's what I was thinking of when I posted but you should prolly be scared of your liars and pollytishuns, too. I know I would be.

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