Swapping Snake Stories

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Last week, I was a guest at a book club of a special group of ladies who read my books and encourage me. These ladies are grandmothers and great grandmothers, full of life and dear friends.

If you suffer from Ophidiophobia, read no further.

As a kickoff to the evening, one of the ladies prepared a fabulous dinner. We filled our plates and seated ourselves in the dining and kitchen rooms. That’s when the stories began about snakes . . . not garden snakes but the venomous kind native to Texas. These sweet women are gutsy and more courageous than I’ll ever be. I laughed to keep from being frightened. Although for a while, I pulled up my feet from the floor.

A few of their stories:

  1. One of the ladies is a retired school librarian. From inside her library, she opened the door to the outside. A snake from above the door fell at her feet. Thank goodness the snake was stunned, and she didn’t have to chase it through the school. The assistant principal found a broom and swept it into a small trash can.
  2. The book club hostess told an alarming story. Her husband had been busy tending their yard when he was bitten by a coral snake. He called his wife at work to arrange anti-venom to be delivered to a neighboring hospital. He decided to take a shower before driving himself for medical treatment. Dear reader, a coral snake is nothing to mess with.
  3. Another story came from a woman’s husband who enjoyed the rattlesnake hunt in Sweetwater, Texas.  She mentioned her husband had backed up from a poised rattler and landed on a cactus. Ouch!
  4. Another woman, quite lovely and feminine, spoke about an incident that happened about three months ago. My heart’s still pounding with this story. Outside her back door is a narrow, concave area that a coral snake had stretched out. Her husband fetched a shovel, but wasn’t able to get to the snake due to the shape of its “bed.” The snake couldn’t coil to strike. This woman retrieved a butcher knife from her kitchen and proceeded to cut the snake into pieces and used scissors to sever it’s head! Oh, what can I say about Texas women except we do have our heroic moments.

Other women had stories too, but I think I’ve shaken y’all enough for one day, even without showing pictures!

What’s your top snake story?

DiAnn Mills

 

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Comments 17

  1. Susan Marlene

    Oh DiAnn! Well, we lived in Granbury, TX for just a couple of months when my children were very little. It was probably March, and our daughters were playing outside. All of a sudden a neighbor, who’s children would play with ours, let us know that the dad had driven over and trapped a rattler that was headed toward our yard! We all gathered around to observe the perfect pinning of that rattler underneath his truck tire. I’m happy to say that we felt the great relief of His protection instead of panic from a daughter bit by that huge shake! Also, there was a black lab who would go for walks with us each day. A neighbors dog that adopted us as ones to hang out with. We didn’t see him for a while and I’d wondered what happened to him. Our landlord told me he’d been attacked by rattlers and had been very sick. Once he got better he was on a mission to hunt them down. I was astonished at that sweet dogs new mission and purpose!

  2. Cynthia

    We don’t usually see many snakes here but sometimes a garden snake will end up in our back yard. After hanging laundry out on the clothesline, I was walking back towards the house when I stepped on something…that squeaked. Yes, a snake. I lost it. Ran towards the house and locked myself in. Like it was going to come through the unlocked door?? Called my husband at work because it rattled me so but he kept laughing. His comment, “well, if someone stepped on you, you’d do more than squeak…”
    I’m so glad I wasn’t barefoot.

  3. Karen Bell

    I grew up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Snakes were an everyday part of our lives. My first up-close experience was when I was 4. I came outside to play and a snake was coiled on the cement step. I screamed for my parents and by the time they got there it was gone. Dad told Mom to boil some water and pour it into the crawdad holes to see if it went in there (I refused to go outside again until they killed it). My mom poured hot water into the holes and–nothing. She had a little left over and leaned over to pour the rest in the biggest hole. That snake shot out of that hole right into her face. The pot went flying across the yard and she started screaming and dancing around the yard. Dad grabbed a hoe and chopped it to bits. By the way, they thought I had only seen a worm.

  4. Dana McNeely

    My daughter was about 12 when this happened. Early one morning, still kind of dark, we went into the tack room to measure out horse feed. Ready to scoop, we poised our empty coffee can over a burlap bag holding about 100 pounds of bran. A HUGE black snake was coiled up atop the bran, which evidently made a perfect nest. Needless to say, we jumped back, screamed, and hugged each other, shuddering in unison as the snake crawled out of the sack, accross the floor, and out through a crack between the wall and foundation. Ugh. My husband said the snake we described was harmless, merely a mouse-catcher, but it was at least 4 inches in diameter so it was fearsome.

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  5. Paula Emmons

    The Library where I work receives book donations for their Friends of the Library Book Sale. One day we received several boxes and I was looking at them to see if there were any the Library could use. I could tell the books had been stored in an outside shed because of their condition. I carried several boxes to the dumpster because they were stained and not in a good condition. Ones box I kept and it sat in the Library for several days. We carried it to our meeting room where the Friends sort the books. It was a Saturday and the staff working heard this scream from the meeting room. As our “Friend” emptied the box – reached in for the last book there was a snake coiled up in the corner. It was a pygmy rattlesnake and had been in the box the entire week it was in the Library!

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  6. Stacey

    When I was a child, I was fishing with my Grandfather. I decided to take off my shoes and put my feet in the water while I waited for a tug on my line. My Grandmother screamed and told me to get out of the water. Having seen the movie “Jaws,” I was terrified and got away from the water as fast as I could. Gramma thought there was a water moccasin near me. To this day, I still think it was a stick that scared her.

    Years later, when I became a new mom, my cat got out for a little while. when I let her back inside, she dropped what I though was a worm on the floor. When it started moving, I knew it wasn’t a worm. It was only a garden snake, but it scared me to death! I sprung into action and grabbed a broom and dustpan because I didn’t want the little guy to get behind the fridge and pop out at me later. Plus, I had to protect my baby! So I pinned him down with the broom and got him into the dustpan. Keeping him pinned between the broom and dustpan, I tossed him outside and saved the day.

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  7. Mocha with Linda

    I’m sitting in a recliner and still had the urge to lift my feet.

    This is a family story that happened before I was born, but my older sister was about 4 and went in the bathroom and there was a snake coiled on the toilet seat. She went to my dad and said there was an alligator in the bathroom! He paid her no mind, of course, so she went to my mom and was so persistent that my mom finally went and looked. My dad paid attention when my mom told him it was a snake! He got a hoe and apparently had a bit of a time as it slithered around my parents’ bedroom. He finally killed it. It ended up not being poisonous. There had been a heavy rain and it had come up through the sewer.

    Not a snake, but my husband and I came home from church one Sunday to find a squirrel desperately trying to keep his head above water in the toilet. He had come through the roof pipe that ventilates the septic system.

    Needless to say, my family keeps the lid shut and turns on the light at night! 🙂

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  8. Jackie Layton

    One of my customers was about eighty and tackled a black snake. She also cut it up with a butcher knife. Then she put it in a plastic zip bag and brought it to the drug store to show us.

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  9. Connie Brown

    I have a couple of stories but the one that stands out to me is an encounter I had as a child. I was at my grandparents farm in the country close to my family. (Not much country out there now). I ran around the house area by myself a lot and I was running around the front yard. I knew snakes were possible but I didn’t worry much. All of a sudden I looked down,there was a copperhead right at my feet. I blinked (I swear it blinked too), and then ran, yelling for my grandmother. She went looking for it with her gun but it ran too. She was one tough grandmother.

    I don’t like snakes as I’ve come close to being bitten and was bitten by a small snake once, that’s another story. As I said, don’t like snakes. If they don’t bite they will cause me to hurt myself getting away from them. So fore me the only good snake is a dead one.My friend says that he likes snakes and has had a boa and rescues them from the road. Not me! My fear is great and I will stay as far as possible from them. EEW!

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