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Coral snake in my backyard

There were some workers in my backyard today and showed me (because I don't speak Spanish very well) that there was a coral snake on the gate of my fence. I think he was asking me if I wanted him to kill it, but I'm not sure. I signaled using the strangling motion with my hands around my neck, but I was trying to tell them it was poisonous. I think they took that as a go ahead to eliminate him. That was fine too. Two of the men got a stick from the woods, then I told him I wanted to get my camera. I said, "no encuentro mi camera" and he said, "busca," so I went back inside to try to find it. I just grabbed my cell phone instead and got a couple of shots. As often as I have creepy crawly things in my world, I justed added a label for this subject. Some rather sickening past posts include the coral snake that Kelly spotted in the driveway, the tarantula outside my window, and then many still remember the giant redheaded centipede that came through the vents of my microwave one summer when the kids and Kelly were all in Colorado and I was home alone. The thought of it still gives me the creeps.

Comments

Lisa said…
YUCK!!!!!! I had no idea we had such crazy snakes/bugs in TX! Coral snakes!!!??? And red headed centipedes! Holy cow! I need to move back up North where it is way too cold for all those icky bugs!
Kelly said…
Lisa, keep in mind that we live on the greenbelt, or right next to the woods. That makes a big difference. I think the houses surrounded by concrete and asphalt don't have quite the issues as we do. Even our neighbors across the street have said they've never had a scorpion in their house, which we have. I think there's a big difference on the "inside" lots for getting spared some of these unwanted pests.
Happy The Man said…
I'm not a big fan of poisons and things that can kill me. I do love black, red and yellow so to me that snake is is absolutely beautiful!
jennie w. said…
You are freaking me out! I wish you lived much further away so I could feel better about not having those creepy things where I live. But you ARE where we live! Except you're on a greenbelt. Makes a huge difference, right? Right!!!
Kelly said…
It DOES, Jennie! Seriously! You're safe.
Julie V. said…
LOL! Your post about your Texan critter/friends are my favorites for sure. They crack me up. That's so funny about the pool guys and all.
The yellow kill a fellow poem running through Kelly's mind is hilarious! The giant red headed centipede post is a classic. Keep up the good work sis and oh, by the way, get some Raid.
Maryanne said…
Oh dear, Kelly, you really live with some interesting creatures down there! My friend's daughter was in Houston for the summer doing an internship and once she got down there I sent her the link to your "Texas creatures" on your blog. She was so mad!! I guess it really freaked her out see those. She was like....thanks a lot Maryanne! (I think she survived okay and only had one or two encounters with some rather large spiders.)
Callisto said…
I can relate, man! Just this morning I awoke to find an enormous... winged insect dead on my kitchen floor, swarmed with ants. Disgusting. It's gotta be the third time that's happened here in three weeks. And a few hours ago, some girls down the hall found a cockroach 3 inches long in their wardrobe. All the ones I've discovered in my apartment have been rather small - only up to an inch or an inch and a half.
Bobbi said…
Eeeek! Be careful!
Heidi said…
Eeeew I hate snakes so bad! The only one I saw in real life (besides in a zoo) was when I lived in Austin. It was huge. Wow I just got the chills thinking about it.

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