Creepy Crawly Things


| 11/18/2014 9:51:00 AM


Tags: Reptiles, Insects, Pests, Bugs, Arkansas Girl,

Country at HeartAs a child, I was scared of just about everything, especially if those things weren't in the human family.

Snakes are probably at the top of the list of my dreaded, creepy, crawly things. Until we lived on that lake, we never encountered snakes more dangerous than the little brown and green, striped garden snakes. They're usually harmless. Actually, I never knew anyone that was bitten by a snake.

Unless you live near a pond, you don't have to worry that much about snakes; however, if you live near water, there are water moccasins and other snakes that usually stay in the pond. One day, my dad killed two, big, long black snakes that were crossing our yard. They had just come from the lake area, and, boy, were they huge … running right across our yard one right behind the other. I don't know where they were headed, but I was just glad Daddy saw them and took care of them. Sometimes, snakes live under houses or in old, abandoned buildings. They're definitely not my favorite reptile ... if I have a favorite.

A turtle and a tortoise are not the same. The turtle lives in and near water. As a result, it's considered clean and suitable to eat. It was a turtle that our neighbor caught. She cooked it, and we ate it with her. The tortoise is the land creature. It's considered an unclean scavenger and is not suitable to eat.

Lizards are somewhat common too, though they never come into the house. I don't hate them, but I don't have any love for them either. As long as they stay in their habitat (under dead wood and in the grass), I'm fine with them, but when I saw a lizard, I'd run away from it. Though they are harmless, I still don’t like them. Just seeing them gives me the creeps.

Worms grew in a "worm bed" right behind our house. Some youngsters are scared to death of them, but I'm not afraid of them. I'd dig them up and hold them in my hand while they crawled and squirmed all over my palm. We'd give them to people to go fishing with. Other than that, I don't know what else they're useful for.




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