BlacksnakeO.K. folks, I’m off my W.o.W. addiction long enough to finally update my blog! Here’s a pix Wendy took of a Black-Snake in our front yard. I think most people have an irrational fear of snakes, I grew up in the Arizona desert and snakes of all sorts were an everyday occurrence in my youth. I therefore became accustomed to them and learned to differentiate between the harmless and dangerous ones.

Snakes are not aggressive and will only bite when they feel threatened. Most snake bites happen when a person doesn’t notice a snakes presence and “Invade its space”.

So I will pass along to you a rule that I’ve lived by concerning them. Every single poisonous snake which makes it’s home in North America with one very rare exception ( the Coral Snake) is what is called a Pit Viper. These include Rattlesnakes, Copperheads and Water-Moccasins. They all have different colors and markings but all these poisonous critters have ONE thing in common, the shape of their head. A dangerous snake will have a “Heart” shaped head due to the venom sacks. A harmless snake will have a “tubular” shaped head. Below is a pix of a Rattlesnake’s head, compare it with the photo Wendy took of our Blacksnake and I think you will be able to understand what I’m talking about.

Rattlesnake head

Class Dismissed!

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4 Responses to Snake!!

  1. Xerraire says:

    Welcome back.
    I’ve been into Sim City a lot of late, but gee, STILL found time to be SOCIALBLE! geesh!

    Nice lesson on snakes. I saw one of those kinds on a hike one day. It let me get rather close, as if posing as the snake model of the day for a good while, until he slithered away, bored with it all.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Welcome Back Mike

    Glad to see you posting again. It is nice that you are giving lessons on snakes. A lot of people do not respect them. The snake looks well feed and happy. Just keep him up on the hill.

  3. Stephanie says:

    WOW!!! I thought I was seeing things when I got my blog update!!!! Long time no see!!!!!!!!!!
    I agree with Xerraire we ALL still find time to be sociable!! And thanks for the lesson on snakes tis the season. Thanks for the update and next time can you not take as long please??? We miss Mike’s words of wisdom and all the cool jokes that go with it. LOL!!! Have a good one. Take care. Stephanie

  4. Susan says:

    What if this is one of those instances where someone brought a poisonious snake into the country and let it loose? Snakes are scary business. Are you sure he isn’t dangerous? I would have killed him instantly. Sorry, irrational fear? Maybe.

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