Kind of gives you the chills just thinking about them huh? Me too, except for the ringnecks. Today my parents and I went to our cabin to see if the power was back on. There was a storm 2 days ago and we lost power for a day and a half there. Everything was in working order. I checked the bathrooms to see if anything needed cleaning and it all looked pretty decent except there was a baby ringneck snake in the bathtub. No biggie. I picked it up and put it outdoors. Dad asked if I was going to flush it down the toilet. C'mon, it's harmless. I couldn't do that.
Later we sat on the back porch. Dad pointed out some trees with dead branches. I wanted to know if the whole tree was dead so we could mark it to cut this winter for firewood. I walked back into the forest wearing flipflops. I tread carefully so I wouldn't get poked by a stick or something. I stepped up onto a rock and was stepping down the other side and saw a copperhead just under my foot. I very quickly lengthened my step and jumped farther, my blood pressure rising considerably, a much different reaction than to the ringneck. If they weren't so scary they'd be beautiful. I wish I had my camera but I wasn't expecting anything to see wildlife today.
I haven't seen a rattlesnake in years but I thought this was worth mentioning because Adam experienced something I can say I've never done. He and some friends cooked up rattlesnake for dinner a few weekends ago. I think they grilled it. One of the guys had killed it the weekend before, I think. I'm sure Jeff Foxworthy would have something to say about this.