For me country living is the best way of life. It is natural. It is full of beauty with its various varieties of animal, vegetable and mineral. But then there are the not so beautiful counterparts: spiders and snakes. I find no beauty in spiders and snakes. I know God has his reasons on this. I’m sure without them we would be run over with other insects or rodents I care nothing at all for. Still I find them as much an invasion on my space as they probably find me an invasion on theirs.
When I say invasion, I’m serious. The last two weeks, or so, I have walked into more spider webs spun by an intrusive little spider, called the flower crab spider, than I’ve ever run into in an entire season by every species of spider which normally lives on our one acre. They are everywhere. Spinning from one tree to another; or the house to a tree; or a tree to the boat; or one outbuilding to another, they have laid their trappings of silk. Now I know a woman should love silk but I prefer it refined into a garment from silk made by the silkworm.
Being October I suppose they make fine Halloween ornaments. If they think they are doing me a favor by decorating my yard they are mistaken. I have no pumpkins, scarecrows, witches or anything even resembling Halloween in my yard. I should make them a map of the houses on the lake that do and insist they be of help to them. Think it will work? No. I didn’t think so either but I’m to the point of intense exasperation.
Here’s one building a web:
Now about snakes. We have two yard snakes prevalent here. One is poisonous. The other is not. The copperhead is very poisonous. I have not seen many of significant size, but a neighbor told me he saw one this summer which was at least 6 foot long. I’m certainly glad he was the one to make its acquaintance and not me. The stents in my heart would have clogged immediately and most probably I would have passed on before he could have attacked or slithered silently away. The chicken snake as we call it in Texas, or otherwise rat snake, is not poisonous but they grow quite large and love to eat eggs, chicks, ducklings, and rats. Spring of 2016 all my Madarin eggs were eaten from Jackie’s nest, which is about 4 feet off the ground on a 4×4 post. I’ve found two others since then, one in the nest, and another trying to get through the wire netting of the aviary. Their lives ended violently by gunfire. If I’ve offended I’m sorry, but I’m not into relocating slithering reptiles. In 2015 I had Black East Indie ducklings which disappeared with no other explanation than the demon snakes. And in previous years, when I owned chickens, holes were blown through the chicken coop more than once, taking the head of the serpent to infinity and beyond.
This guy is thanking God for rat snakes. I must practice that.
This guy tells how to identify the copperhead. He’s braver than I.
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