Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What Happend to Spring?


  It was so cold and windy here today that I thought I'd move ahead a few months.  It's August.   It's a hot, humid and very lazy afternoon with the sun shining brightly high in the sky.  

I was meandering around the yard with the dogs and suddenly I spotted it.  There, sunning itself on one of the railroad ties that crosses the creek, was a big fat snake.  A very long snake with a diamond shaped head and markings along it's body.  Now normally I would have just turned and walked the other way but I had been warned by my neighbors about Copperheads.  They could definitely do some damage when they bite.

Back then, I was still learning about the snakes that frequent Virginia, let alone the Hollow.  I certainly didn't want Copper to try and tangle with it so I called the dogs and we walked hurriedly back down to the house.  They had been sniffing around the barn and hadn't even spotted it yet which was a good thing.

I knocked on the family room glass doors and signaled Joe to come outside.  I told him what I had seen and he grabbed one of the shovels.  Heading up along the the creek, he was on one side while I walked the other.  I had put the dogs in the house.  On the way up, I told him that I thought it was a Copperhead.

Joe spotted the snake and nodded.  My suspicions were right.  He decided to approach it from the rear since I was on the opposite side of the creek, distracting it.  He did not want to place his foot on the railroad tie that crosses the creek.  That would startle the snake.   So instead, he stepped down onto the bank of the creek approaching from that angle.  Slowly he raised the shovel with his arms then thrust them downward and the spade hit the snake along it's spine.  It wriggled, writhed and squirmed.

What happened next was something that neither one of us expected.

to be continued...

12 comments:

thesedaysofmine.com said...

I might come back to read the rest of that story.....and I might not! Snakes - YUK. They're bad enough in the yard, but we had 2, (Count 'em TWO) in our house last summer! And our house is fairly new - we don't know how they got in.
YUK!
(But I will come back to find out what happened!) ;)

Dianna
www.thesedaysofmine.com

gld said...

Would you believe I have never seen a live Copperhead on either farm we have lived on.

I hope it stays that way.

Sandra said...

back in the fifties we lived in KY and i saw many copperheads and water moccasins. we had to be very careful when walking and hiking not to step on one, they will run the other way if given the chance, or so we were told. can't wait for the rest of the story

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh I know this one! It's good folks, you gotta come back to read the rest :-)

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

I hate snakes and snake stories, but I'll be back to see what happens.

texwisgirl said...

My wonderful doggies are my snake killers. Mostly Louise - the smallest and toughest of the bunch - and she's gotten bit by copperheads and moccasins too often to count. God bless her.

Chatty Crone said...

Wow - Joe is a hero - I would NEVER EVER do that! I'd run the other way. lol

sandie

Canyon Girl said...

When I lived in NJ, we had so many Copperheads, I felt I had to kill them to protect my dog. Now I don't kill snakes unless the dogs are in danger. I move the rattlesnakes with a shovel to some place away from the house. So far that has worked really well.

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

We don't have any poisonous snakes around here (that I'm aware of.) I'm not sure what I would do if I encountered one that I knew was trouble...

Angela said...

Oh no! Now don't tell me that it had baby snakes in it's belly! I've heard they can do that but you know I've never googled it to see if it is true! lol Last year my husband found 2 snakes fighting. The black snake actually ate the copperhead! My husband let it live! I have pictures of it on my blog. http://wvtreasures.blogspot.com/2010/04/snakes-alive-tuesdays-show-tail.html I will warn you though, it is gross!

Have a Great Day!
Angela

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Snakes are interesting critters and are hard to kill. We have a lot of rattlesnakes in the foothills were I live and when we hike in those areas we always keep one open for Mr. Snake! :-)

Your cliffhanger has me wondering what happened????

~Ron
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Tiggeriffic said...

Snakes alive~! The only good snake is a flat one..
The neighbor used to get so mad at me because I killed the bull snakes here at our farm. He said they kill mice..So I would get a pitch fork and pick the snake up and put it in the back of our truck. Drive to his house and pick the snake up with the pitch fork and put it in his yard. One day I took 4 snakes to his house.. Can hardly wait to hear about tomorrow's snake story..
ta ta for now..:)

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