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Beware, there is a slitherer in here...

By Mike Watson

Spring is here according to the calendar; and spring-like weather is here, at the moment. We have flying insects and underground critters coming to the surface.

I've encountered more than one snake already this season. That brought to mind an old 'story' from February 1902, as follows:

We are indebted to our friend, Dr. J.N. Page, for the following snake story:

"A few years, ago," said he, "a gentleman of this county visited a friend living on Snake Creek, and before retiring the man of the house informed the visitor that should he see snakes during the night he need not be alarmed.

The visitor retired, but not to sleep. He kept his eyes fastened on some holes he could see about the fireplace. Presently the reptiles commenced coming in and continued to enter until he counted sixteen very large ones.

He was afraid to get up and remained watching during the night. The next morning the host invited his friend to remain with him several days and nights, promising to accompany him home.

"No," said the visitor, "I want to see my wife and children once more before taking another night with snakes." --Adair County News, 26 February 1902

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Warning: Don't look, Ellen!

2019-03-31 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo snake by Pen, Forsythia by Linda.
The flaming Forsythia is placed over the photo of a spring snake traveler and may be the last you'll see of snakes on CM from now on if Ellen Zornes has her way. She works hard for her fellow citizens, volunteers for many organizations, and all she asks is, "...tell Pen to please just fix future snake pictures so a reader can't see it before he/she has to click on it to get to the real snake picture."

Snakes bother her so much that she can't look at pictures of them and has to be careful not to scan over one as she scrolls through photos. She completely understands that many are able to look at and even appreciate the contributions of snakes on this earth, but that doesn't mean she wants to look at them in her local news and be surprised by them just as if she'd stepped too close to it. She will also not want to click 'read more' and see Mike Watson's Snake Creek story. So, Ellen, focus only on the Forsythia, not on the photo behind it! Readers who'd like to see the full snake in the photo below the flowers may click 'comment' below and we'll send it to you directly. - LW

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