Have to love most of them down here. I have a six to seven foot bull snake that lives under and occasionally in one of the sheds. Always says hi from unexpected angles - not venomous but he may kill me via a heart attack. But then again - we have never seen a rat here. They are also famous for helping with the rattler problem. Rat snakes and hognose snakes are common. I could probably catch a couple of green snakes in the hedges any afternoon. Rattlesnakes are a different matter. We have dogs and a grandchild. I have tried to keep them under some semblance of control. We are on the western edge of the timber rattlesnake range, and I have killed one of them on the place. We are on the eastern edge of the Western Diamondback range, and they are the most common here. A bad thing about them is that they hunt primarily at night, making letting the dogs out before going to bed a potential rodeo. Killed one of those on the front walkway right after we moved in, and a couple of others since. Finally, we border the San Gabriel River, and we have the occasional water moccasin in residence there - which give me the creeps worse than a rattlesnake because they can be territorial. South Texas isn't Aussieland or Africa, but it is still interesting.
Played rookie league for the Yankees in Paintsville after winning the College World Series at Fullerton State, in1979. All I could think about was the movie “Deliverance”- lived up in a hollow with some other players. Refused to go on a moonshine run because it was a dry county-no way. Met some of the nicest people on the planet there! Van Lear the home of Loretta Lynn was highlight of summer LOL.
Mule deer and Colorado elk seasons almost done! Hunters driving farm roads, looking for racks, their PH driving them along, I ask that you not pull into my drive. The buck behind me, on the boundary line of the GMU somehow knows. The hunter laughs, I would invite you in to see my Searcy rifles but social distancing prevails, darkness arrives and the buck slides away into secret tree grove...