Our guide’s inflection wasn’t the same as mine would have been, that’s for sure. As she leapt out of the passenger side of the truck, she sounded, well, excited.
If I had spotted the Snake! first, I might have sounded more agitated than excited.
We pulled up slowly and watched as it did that odd side-to-side wiggle to move. As we stopped, it stopped, raised its head, opened its mouth, and did something ominous with its fangs. A hiss? Then it settled back a tad, and waited.
Pressed, our other guide allowed as how a bite wouldn’t kill you, but it would sure enough ruin your day. Me, I was happy to stay in the truck.
As it slithered under our vehicle and failed to emerge out the other side, I did wonder just a tad uneasily whether it was also a good climber.
I’d likely stay in the truck with him in that position, ready to strike.
Jim – This was a bit lesss excited than he was a few seconds before, when he was hisssing at us. But I was more than happy to stay a distance away.
Tough, blue-collar snakes. Some color varieties can be beautiful.
Ralph – What’s a patrician snake, in your view?
Might have more chance with one of your gator friends than this chappy!
Tom – Yes, I think that you don’t want to mess with a cottonmouth. Our guide said they wouldn’t kill you, but they’d sure enough ruin your day.
I just read a book (thanks to Mark) titled “Dispatches from Pluto” Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant. Lots of talk of both alligators and Cottonmouth snakes. I think you’d enjoy it, especially as you have first hand knowledge of such things. I was happy to just read it and feel informed!
Alison – Thanks! I’ll add it to my list of recommendations.
Sssnakesss, and smiling alligators, and a metaphor of shopping carts, this week. I think your camera never leaves your side? Thank you for sharing!
Mary – As it turns out, not all of these are from the same week in my life, just the same blog week. But the point you make is valid. With a pocket-sized point-and-shoot pocket-sized camera, I’m rarely without a camera. Sometimes I do have to borrow the Big Guy’s phone, though, since I’m a bit lax about carrying mine. Maybe if I thought of it as a camera . . .