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Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Yesterday, I had at least 10 years scared out of me when a black snake about 4 1/2 ft. long dropped out of a tree and landed on the sidewalk right in front of me. I'm not sure who was more surprised, me or the snake. He immediately coiled up and that forked tongue flickered up and down and in and out of his mouth. I beat a hasty retreat to my porch.

I didn't want him to come on to the porch after me. Yeah, I know. They are more scared of us than we are of least that's what I've been told. But I doubt that could ever be. Anyway, I grabbed a broom from the porch and advanced on the snake, attempting to sweep him out to the street, about 20 feet away.

The snake was having none of it. He coiled even tighter. I flipped him over onto his back. He twisted around until he and I were facing each other once more. I whopped him over the head with the bristles of the broom. He didn't like that much. He began slithering toward the tree trunk. I thought, oh great, now he'll be back up above me, just waiting to attack again!

I finally decided to run and grab my camera, so I could safely show the snake to hubby. I snapped a picture of the snake as it was climbing the sycamore's trunk. I've been very cautious since then. I look up and around very intently to see if the creepy creature is about.

Today, when I went to check my mail, I hurried under the limbs of the tree until I was out in the sunshine once more. On my way back under the tree, I looked up. There he was. He had his head and about 7 inches of his body hanging out of a hole in the tree. He has a nest up there. Or is it a she? Do I have a bunch of baby snakes up in that tree too? Heaven forbid!

I watched the snake as it watched me. Eventually, I guess I outstared it, because it retreated slowly back inside the tree's hole. I took that opportunity to make a wild dash under that limb and back to the safety of my house. I checked to be sure the doors were tightly latched once inside. I do not want that creature inside with me. I know I'll dream about snakes tonight.

I have snake repellent at the old house in Clifton. I think I'll bring it over here now.

Oh God! I hate snakes!