Friday, June 14, 2013
We went out to do our usual gardening chores this morning and were checking to see what rows still were in need of soaker hoses to simplify the task; suddenly my husband gave a yell. "its a snake, a great big one!" A 3 foot cotton mouth (water moccasin) came crawling out from under the bean plants and he was not acting happy. Of course he looked just about like a hose lying under the bean plants. www.stateoftheozarks.net/Natur
I was delegated to watch the critter while Fred went to get something to use to dispose of it; he likes to use the long handled limb cutters. Of course the viper wasn't about to lie still to wait and I absolutely hate to watch them move, especially when I might end up in their path. He did eventually come back and killed it for me. It wasn't happy to die and fought for a good five minutes with it's head caught in the tool!
From now on when I go to pick beans Fred is going to have to go ahead with his snippers to check for snakes and get rid of them. I'm only glad he was checking that row for a black soaker hose (which it did have)!