Friday, July 16, 2010

Simple Survival Tips - Snakes and Spiders

Nature can be a harsh teacher if you are not aware of your surroundings. Being aware of your surroundings and what's around you is one of the most important things you can do to avoid problems. Stepping on a snake could be an unpleasant experience and being bitten could be even worse. Nature will usually leave a sign of impending danger if you know what to look for when you are out and about. One of the things you can watch for and be aware of when avoiding snakes is to be on the lookout for snake skins. This is a tell-tale sign that there is a snake in the area. You may not see them but they know you are there. A small amount of awareness on your part can help you avoid an unpleasant encounter.

While there are only a few really dangerous spiders you need to watch out for, tripping over a spider or walking face first into a huge web may not exactly be in your plans. The last thing you may want is a big old yard spider sitting on your nose.

You might also want to exercise a little caution if you happen to like walking barefoot in the grass. Your toes could wind up meeting a big hairy spider in the grass.

Being aware of your surroundings, knowing the possible dangers that are out there and doing your best to avoid a chance encounter with some of nature's nastiest critters will give you the advantage.

Awareness of your surroundings and the possible threats to you is a critical factor in your survival.

Keeping a garden hoe or shovel handy doesn't hurt either!

Got spiders and snakes?

Staying above the water line!



Ken said...

...killed me three copperheads so far this year,for some reason aint had a problem with spiders so much this year(except tons of fiddlebacks in the garage) blackwidows to speak of,only a few big wolf spiders,and no garden spiders("yard spider")...wonder why that is(?)anyway,got more than my fair share of those dam fireants,maybe they're scarin' everything else outa

riverwalker said...

To: Ken

Recent encounters: 1 cottonmouth, 2 copperheads(small ones), several rat snakes (or chicken snakes as some call them), tons of hairy myglamorphs (aka, tarantulas), one black widow, lots of little jumping spiders and daddy long-legs but no brown recluse or wolf spiders.

Got more than my share of fire ants. I think the fire ants have decimated the snake population by feeding on the young ones. Snakes haven't been real bad in quite some least not like they used to be. Time was when you would run across several snakes in the same day on a regular basis.

Thanks Ken.


Anonymous said...

I agree on lack of sighting of 'buzz worms' - haven't seen one in quite a while of roaming the monte. I never considered ants an enemy of them, but it makes sense - ants attack quite a variety of animals.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 5:49

For several years the fire ants were extremely prolific at my farm and I believe the fire ants may have been a predatory factor in the low number of snake sightings. There was a time that a daily encounter with some type of snake was the norm but now you almost have to deliberately seek them out in order to find one.

Thanks anon.


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