I’ve had it with these mother%^&#!*& snakes on this mother%^&#!*& farm!
I know that living in the country requires me to do battle against more creatures than most people have to deal with. But, snakes. I mean Jesus; somebody needs to cut me some slack! It seems we are always waging war against some farm enemy. And as we all know war is expensive.
2) I don’t even remember how much it cost to have custom stainless steel screens made and installed on the chimney tops. Those were necessary to keep out the chimney swallows that were loud and made a huge mess.
3) Remember when the armadillo got in the house? If not, go back to the December 2010 archive and read about it! That one set us back $2,200 bucks to have the heating and air duct work rebuilt.
4) I’m on a constant battle with the wasps – the flying kind. It seems they like to attach their nests to big old white houses. I could have bought a new Mercedes for the amount we’ve spent on wasp spray.
5) I have yet to remove the cardboard pieces from the column tops on the porches. I had to do something to keep the mud swallows from nesting there.
6) I pay the ‘bug man’ (that’s what he calls himself) extra to spray the carriage house. It’s built at the edge of the pasture near the woods and seems to attract scorpions.
Notice the trees in the first two photos. They are very old Black Walnut trees. Now look at the third and forth photos. See the holes in the trees. Those are snake houses! I’ve seen them there. It doesn’t bother me so much considering both trees are about two acres from my house in the middle of the meadow. Also, I did some research on the type snakes that inhabit the holes. It appears they’re some type of King Rat snake and although they can get very large, unless you are a mouse or some other small rodent, rat snakes seem to be for the most part harmless. So, except for when I cut the grass around those trees and I’m convinced a snake will leap out of the holes and attack me, we have learned to coexist. Until now.
See the last photo. That’s a bird’s nest. I mentioned it in a previous post and I’ve been watching the parents care for the eggs. Then, the five eggs hatched and I’ve been checking on them everyday. I took photos. I was going to do a ‘watch the birds grow’ posting. I will not show you the cute photos I took of the babies; it will only make you sad. Everything was fine until last week when I saw a 4 foot long rat snake slither out of the evergreen where the parents had placed the nest. The nest was destroyed and the hatchlings were gone! The tree where the nest was is right by the porch steps. Yesterday while cutting the grass I noticed the snake by the Pecan tree. I think it was a different one, because this one was even larger.
I’ve said before on this blog that no-shoulders are not good. Think about it, name one harmless thing that doesn’t have shoulders. Examples: bees, sharks, spiders, Mr. Burns from the Simpson’s, and especially snakes.
I’m already trying to deal with eliminating the armadillos. Although they now can’t get in the house, they’re still wreaking havoc on the landscape. Now I have to trap a family of snakes. How does one go about that? I guess I could dangle a mouse from a string and yell ‘here snakey, snakey,” but that probably would be a waste of my time.