Rebecca Haines: They never just die

Rebecca Haines

There are 126 different kinds of them in the United States.

Indiana Jones hates them, and the Crocodile Hunter loved them. Yep, they’re snakes!

With no spines, arms or legs, this forked tongued creature has managed to become one of the most feared animals by man. Is it their eyes that never blink? Is it their Biblical history as the symbol of evil? It’s different for everyone, but one thing is for sure. They never just die.

To hear my friend, “Hot Dog,” tell this tale was a great moment, and I have to share it.

Imagine, if you will, Hot Dog fishing out on a lake. He’s sitting on his boat close to the treeline with just the sound of his reel maneuvering the line through the water. At a glance, he sees a snake swimming up to his boat. He stands up in the boat, confronting the little nosey serpent, and the snake swims away.

It was no big deal, Hot Dog sat back down to continue his peaceful hobby. But it wasn’t long before the snake returned.

When the snake was close enough to the boat, Hot Dog thought he would scare the creature by slapping the water with his fishing pole. Everything was going according to plan for Hot Dog until he accidentally snagged the serpent with his fishing lure. Now, the punishment had become the problem.

He slapped the water, but the snake was securely attached. “Well, oh hell, I’ll just drown the thing,” Hot Dog thought. He stuck the pole’s end into the water and waited. And waited, and waited. All that the man could imagine possible keeping this waterproof snake alive was that it could breathe under water.

He then tried to slap the snake up against the boat, which by this time in the story I’m picturing this man slapping the pole with this snake attached to it like a whip. And yet, the snake just won’t die.

Somehow, Hot Dog finds a hammer on his boat, and well, need I say more?

It always resorts to somehow bashing, hacking, decapitating or shooting when it comes to killing a snake. All I know is, it’s an animal most people tend to agree on killing when it crosses their path.

For all animal lovers out there, sorry, but you have to admit, snakes are not the most loved creature on Earth. Yes, they serve a great link in the circle of nature’s cycles; they are one of God’s creatures … but what other animal did God punish besides man?

I use that in justifying my satisfaction in running over one on the road, putting it in reverse, and running over it again just to be sure I got it.

I guess killing a snake, something we fear, makes us feel good about ourselves. Then again, it’s not overcoming your fear, it’s just procrastinating it until another one comes along. So, how many snakes have you killed?

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