Milk Snake Run-In on Colorado Homestead

Young girl on Colorado homestead was tormented with fright as a milk snake slithered in and took her piece of homemade bread away.

| Good Old Days

  • The next time you see a milk snake on the prairie, you'd better make sure you're not holding bread with butter!
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This incident happened in June, 1912, when I was visiting my parents on a Colorado homestead in the dry land country of northern Colorado.

One beautiful warm morning Mother and I stopped our work for a snack. We gave my 2 1/2-year-old daughter a piece of bread spread with fresh butter, and she went outside and sat down in her little chair to eat it.

Mother and I were visiting when we heard the baby scream. I rushed outside in time to see a large spotted snake crawling away with the bread in its mouth.

As soon as she saw me, the child stopped crying and said, "The mouse took my bread!"



She had scratches on her hand from playing with a kitten, and I was sure the snake had bitten her. After some fearful moments we realized she had not been hurt.

We were told later that the snake that stole the bread probably was a milk snake attracted by the fresh butter. 






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