I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes

| 8/24/2017 9:32:00 AM

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Remember the old song by Jim Stafford "I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes"? I've always agreed with that song. But whether we like it or not, spiders and snakes are part of farm life. I've had many encounters with both over the years. Mostly with snakes. We seem to have lots of copperheads and black snakes here. Though I was once chased by a coachwhip. According to HERPS of Arkansas,  the coachwhip is a long, slender snake. Along with racers, these are the longest species of snakes found in Arkansas. In adults, the head and some of the body (usually about two-thirds) is solid black or black with white patches fading into shades of brown. The crisscross patterning found on the tail looks very much like the weaving of a leather whip. They are the fastest snakes in the United States and often confused with the common black snake.