I'm not on Facebook much these days, but I do like seeing the 'memories' when I do go on. Today, I was reminded that 5yrs ago today, I moved to NoFl, 5 YEARS!! WOW!! I had no idea I'd be here this long and am not sure how long I'll stay here but it's charm has grown on me. While it seems a bit secluded up here compared to other cities in Florida, there are benefits to being removed from the urban sprawl and I've come to really appreciate the natural beauty that's right in my backyard, including leisurely drives down forest highways at sunset looking for snakes...another FB memory from this day a couple years ago.
The snakes shown here are venomous and unfortunately, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake (the close up pics) was killed not long before we got there.This was a remote forest highway, and the snake was most likely just sunning or crossing the road. Someone went out of their way to attack this snake. Please don't ever kill a snake out of fear, venomous or not. Snakes are an important component of the natural environment and are commonly encountered. Many species have adapted extremely well to living with humans. We can also adapt to live safely with snakes. Most snakes just want to be left alone. I always hear people say how aggressive snakes are, and in the many years I've been working around snakes, they've never once charged or tried to bite simply out of "aggression". They are wild animals and they will defend if provoked just as any animal would. And if I ever were to get bit when handling these guys, it would be my fault, not theirs. Respect snakes.
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