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.


I've never really been afraid of snakes. When I was small, Daddy had a king snake that lived in the barn under the feed box. When he milked, he would fill a jar lid with milk and slide it up under the box for the snake. King grew quite used to us, and became very social. Often we would see him laying about in the milk room sunning himself, and he would only move a few feet to get out of our way. He vied with the barn cats for the mice, and no one ever bothered him. My good friend Sabrina Deese and her children actually found a king snake today as they were taking a science walk for school. She has let me use her pic. I remember King looking a lot like this one.


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