Thanks to all who sent me tips about protecting ourselves from snakes. I think I’ve given the impression that there are dens of snakes waiting to attack when we walk out the door. That’s not so! We’ve seen 3 rattlesnakes and maybe half a dozen other snakes in the year we’ve been here. We’re in the woods a lot! Between our walks through the woods, the garden and the chickens, I don’t think we’re seeing a lot of snakes. There are folks who live in town here who never see snakes. Even living out in the country here, if we spent a lot of time in the house or close to the house, we would never see snakes. They’re not a big problem . . unless you wear flip flops in the woods.
It’s purely a matter of being smart and wearing flip flops is not smart. There’s no way I’m wearing tall boots or gaiters when the temps are well over 100 degrees.
Flip flops, crocs and sandals will not be worn outside. Sturdy tennis shoes, and low boots are fine for around the yard and in the garden. Tall boots will be worn when we’re out in the woods at dusk or before daylight.
I’m always pulling weeds and sticking my hands in spots too so I’m used to having a stick and making noise or shaking the brush and vegetation before sticking my hands down there.
It isn’t nearly as serious and I fear some of you are thinking. In Louisiana, several times I had a snake inside my house. At least that hasn’t happened here. We saw as many snakes in Kentucky and Missouri as we’ve seen here but it’s mostly because we spend so much time outside.