RATTLE SNAKE

I DON’T LIKE TO KILL ANIMALS, BUT HE GAVE ME NO CHOICE. THERE IS A BIG GOPHER SNAKE THAT LIVES IN THE BACK YARD, AND I’VE CAUGHT HIM TRYING TO KILL A BABY RABBIT ON TWO DIFFERENT OCCASSIONS. I WRESTLED THE RABBITTS AWAY FROM HIM, AND TOOK HIM ACROSS THE STREET AND TURNED HIM LOOSE. HE CAME BACK BOTH TIMES, SO NOW I JUST IGNORE HIM. BUT IF I SEE HIM WITH A BABY RABBIT AGAIN, I’LL STILL TAKE IT AWAY FROM HIM. HE DOESN’T NEED TO EAT BABY RABBITS. HE CAN GET SNAKE FOOD AT WAL-MART LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

The first, and hopefully the last, rattlesnake we’ve ever discovered near our house at Crystalaire.  The LOML (love of my life) and I were in the front yard with our two dogs when we heard a rattling sound.  The LOML thougfht it was the sprinklers coming on, but it turned out to be our little friend in the pics below.  I quickly herded the dogs inside while the LOML got me a garden hoe out of the barn.  It took quite a few wacks, but it finally went to rattlesnake heaven.  Ross was upset with me for killing it, but, as I told him, if I would have let him get away, he may have stayed near the house and bit someone later.

THE TILES ARE 12", SO THE SNAKE WAS ABOUT TWO FEET LONG.

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About JUNIOR

I am a 77 year old retired Northrop-Grumman Corp. Facilities Engineer. I worked at Northrop's Pico Rivera and Palmdale facilities for a total of 13 years, and retired 1n 1995. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 54 fantastic years, and we have 3 excellent children (all boys) 7 wonderful grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. My hobbies are playing the piano (actually, more like learning HOW to play the piano) and restoring a 1937 Plymouth, although sadly, I have made very little progress on it in recent years. I drove road race go-karts until the age of 71. I never grew up, I just got old.
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