Friday, May 20, 2011
Why Must There Always Be Snakes
When I went to the Garden of the Gods visitor center at Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs a few weeks ago, this was the sign I was greeted with near the door. You may note is says, "Rattlesnake Presentation," at 1:15.
I didn't wait around for it. No doubt it involved some wisdom like, "Rattlesnakes are on the move," and "If you poke at 'em you're likely to get bit." Since I'd already learned this at Palo Duro Canyon from Marvin some years ago, and have absolutely no intention of poking at any snake, I didn't feel the need.
I'm delighted to say so far I've not seen any snakes this year, or been bitten by any. This is good. Very good.
Posted by Patsy Terrell at 9:27 PM
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Friend-husband has a new collie-McNab cross pup (now about eleven weeks old) which he got to replace the aging collie he lost a month ago.
This morning, the pup proudly presented his papa with the body of a snake he'd killed. The head was missing - and the snake was a tiny garter snake variety - about a foot long and double the diameter of a number 2 pencil. I don't approve of such gifts just outside my kitchen door, thank you very much.
I'm still mystified about the role of the snake in the scheme of things. But they don't - repeate: DO NOT - belong on my back porch.
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