Just yesterday I told Vince that Cat must be doing a good job of keeping the snake sand scorpions away because we’ve only seen a few snakes, no rattlers and very few scorpions.
This morning, just after daylight, I went out to turn on some sprinklers in the garden and as I was walking by the squash patch, I looked down and I said “I think you’re a rattlesnake!” He never rattled but he does have rattles. It wasn’t a huge snake but it wasn’t a baby either. I saw a shovel nearby so . . off with his head. I felt like a cat showing off my trophy .. I scooped him up and brought him up to the house to show Vince.
I had already given up my flip flops but I’ve been wearing rubber boots in the garden, mostly to keep the grass burrs from getting all over my jeans but, I came in the house and got out the snake boots. A rattlesnake in the garden is a whole lot different from a ribbon snake in the garden. The snake boots are thick, heavy and hot and have to be laced up – no slipping on and off .. I don’t like wearing them and having to put them on and take the off 10 times a day but that’s better than a rattlesnake bite.
All I’m going to say is . . bloom where you’re planted. Even Missouri has snakes, some are almost as bad as rattlesnakes. That’s what I’m telling myself and I think I’ve heard me say it 17 times in the last hour!