[Homestead] Freakin' snakes!
akkabhomestead at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 31 16:13:45 EDT 2008
Thought I'd take a break and do some mowing...
picked up some sticks first, and some tools,,,got distracted and puttered around the barn some, and then walked over to the push mower, which was in the center of the barn area, and realized it was kinda dusty/spiderwebby, so I carefully grabbed the handle and pulled the mower towards me. I don't like spiders AT ALL. Because I have good Viking genes, I am rather tall and pushed downward on the handle as I moved it-otherwise, well, things could have been different. Lo and behold, there was a rattlesnake coiled up ready to strike underneath it. It was only a 3 footer, (timber rattler), but he scared me all the way to Valhalla and back! I ran back to the house and got the pistol, which jammed on the first shot(I missed due to shaky hands..bad thing with a snake), but luckily the chickens were roaming around and the snake was afraid to move. I ran back to the house and got the .22 rifle, loaded it with rat shot and regular shot alternating, and
went back out to finish the job. It is amazing what rat shot can do to a snake. Throughout the whole incident, he never rattled. Scary. I probably walked by within striking distance three times-maybe 4, can't remember. Where are all those king snakes that I had mercy upon when you need them??
I'm kinda disappointed in my pistol jamming...I suppose it needs cleaning....hasn't been used much in the last year.
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