“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Monday, June 23, 2008

Ed's encounter with nature

So I was in my back yard contaminating the environment with Round-Up this weekend when I bent over to pick up a stick that had evidently fallen out of a tree. As I reached down, my eyes were looking around the yard for more weeds to kill, even as my brain was registering that the "stick" had a regular pattern of tan/brown markings and it's shape was far too sinusoidal to be a stick. My fingers were literally inches from grabbing the fattest part of the "stick" when it hit me that it was a snake. My only thought was to check for rattles and wait for the inevitable bite on my bare leg that I knew was coming. Then I quite involuntarily high-stepped across the yard to safety.

From a distance I decided it was not a rattle-snake, cotton-mouth, or one of the other 2-3 pit vipers here in Alabama so I relaxed a bit. The stupid snake just laid there flicking his tongue, so being a guy, I had to mess with it a little. I spent a few minutes poking it with an actual stick but when it coiled up and looked at me, I figured the fun was over. The native Alabama snake whose markings most closely resemble my friend's markings is the Northern Pine Snake, like the one in the picture.

It slithered away into my neighbor's yard and under her deck. I'm thinking I probably should have told her.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

We almost had to make a post about an idiot who poked a snake with a stick, was bitten then found dead hours later by his wife. Haha, wow that would have been some irony. ;) no hard feelings though Ed.