Hey Pack. We are finally nearing the end of our hay baling for the year. I am still somewhat hopeful that maybe we could get another cut in one field by the end of October … maybe.
Our tribe has been over most of the week working on hat cutting, raking, baling, and storing as well as putting up more wood for the winter. When cutting up one tree we accidentally evicted a king snake from its home. I am happy to have king snakes around because they eat venomous snakes and are great mousers.
Ohio is home to three venomous snakes – two different types of rattlesnakes and copperheads. Two of the three venomous snakes live in my region.Some idiot sitting in an office somewhere decided a few years ago to release one of the two types of venomous snakes into the Experimental Forest because their numbers were dwindling. Thanks a whole lot for that misguided decision – insert major sarcasm here.
Some idiot sitting in an office somewhere decided a few years ago to release one of the two types of venomous snakes into the Experimental Forest because their numbers were dwindling. Thanks a whole lot for that misguided decision – insert major sarcasm here.
I do not mind snakes, unless they are venomous. We have more than enough potentially deadly snakes in my little slice of Appalachia – we do not need imports! ODNR experts insist water moccasins (cottonmouth snakes) do not exist in Ohio.
I beg to differ, and not just because that one scene in Lonesome Dove of the group crossing the river and disturbing an entire nest of these nasty snakes gave me nightmares for weeks.
Although I agree with the good folks at ODNR that water moccasins may not be native to the Buckeye State, too many people who know snakes really well, have spotted them.
Just like when an alligator was found in a pond near Cincinnati a few years ago and when wild animals of all sorts were running near roads in Zanesville a couple or so years ago, cottonmouth snakes were probably exotic pets that were both simply and cruelly turned loose when they were no longer wanted.
While I am on the topic of snakes, I am starting to wonder if St. Patrick came around our way when no one noticed and led nearly all of the snakes away. With the exception of the king snake I mentioned above, maybe three tiny ringneck snakes, and one common water snake, I have not seen a snake on our land all year. Many others in our county have had the same experience.
A lack of snakes leads to a whole lot more mice to deal with out in the country. I dislike mice to an enormous degree, and appreciate the snakes we usually see on our farm road, porch, and in so many other places, keeping their population numbers down.
In other preps this week, I made some DIY all natural oil lamps, and invited my former Marine nephew over to teach a military martial arts class.
This Week’s Questions
- Have you noticed a lack of snakes where you live?
- Have you included trapping and cooking snakes as a part of your survival plan?
- What type of off grid emergency lighting is included in your prepping plan.
- What did you do to prep this week?