Remember Dh's yellow jacket sting? Well, he was bitten and stung by one on his side 2 days ago. He was just walking across the yard, not near them.
Today, it is more red, and spreading. His Dr. put him on penicillin.
Then, a shovel on a hill slid down and hit him in the foot. 2 toes were cut (he was wearing sandals because of the stings on his foot.), and one is broken. It hit hard.
But, Ds's story surpassed all of that.
They have Frankie, and 2 cats. Ds was outside with his truck for some reason (he had to replace brakes/rotors yesterday.), and he heard the water dripping at his outdoor faucet right next to his porch in their yard.
He walked over, probably to turn it off, and he noticed that one of their cats was acting strangely. (She's the one that I think is related to Uhura.)
So, he stopped, and watched where the cat was looking, and saw that there was a rattlesnake at the faucet. Thank goodness he saw it before reaching in! Thank goodness for Pepper acting strangely.
It was coiled because of the cat, but went....under the house. *sigh*
So, Ds went and got someone else there, and they tried to drive the snake out from under the house. Eventually it worked.
They did dispatch it, but I feel as though it was the right thing to do with all the people there, including the baby, as well as the pets that live there, and visit.
He said that it was a very round, 3 foot snake. He knows not to assume that it was alone.
As he was telling me this story, it occured to me that, of course he didn't recognize it's sound. Where I'm from, in Southern California, rattlesnakes rattle. Not only have I come across them, but when I worked at the zoo, one of the things that I did was help our head herpetologist with his talks on rattlesnakes, which meant standing amid several, and using a snake hook to lift and shake them out as they warmed up under the lights and started to coil. They definitely rattled. I also helped with milking behind the snake display.
If you've ever wondered, there's probably a room behind your zoo's snake display. Ours had sinks, tables, cabinets, etc. and we could open an enclosure display from 'behind' to clean it out, have access to the snake, etc.
But, here, in my county, rattlesnakes do not rattle, even though they have rattles. It's some kind of regional adaptation. Well, until today!
It's actually made them more dangerous up here, because there's no way for a snake to warn you that it's there before striking.
And, thus, Ds has never heard a rattlesnake rattle until today. He's seen them, but never heard one. So, while it's unlikely that he'll ever hear another rattle, at least he'll know what it sounds like if they do.
So, watch where you walk, put your hands, etc. 'Tis the season, apparently!
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