Tuesday, August 9, 2016
My Uninvited Pool Guest: A Wayward Timber Rattlesnake
Right after this picture was taken he started striking at me. It was really cute until....
It's rather useful, when one is a stupid as I am, to be married to a surgeon and my lovely Dr wife took charge of my care along with simultaneously admonishing me for said stupidity.
It's now Tuesday and the swelling has gone down which is allowing me to type this post. It actually was a nice few days being unable to use a keyboard.
What happened to Young Master Rattlesnake? Well I let him go in the woods - rattlesnakes aren't that dangerous if you don't try to catch them (there's the whole stupid thing again) and are amazingly effective at keeping the rodent population down. They are also on the endangered species list here in Maryland so its against the law to harm them. Sadly, the rascals have no legal proscriptions against biting us.
As you might suspect, I spent a good bit of time single-handedly googling Timber Rattlesnakes on the web. Fascinating creatures but nowhere did I see any indications of their love of swimming pools.