05-30-2010, 08:06 PM
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I grew up overseas and we had all manner of creepy crawly. Imagine four inch geckos by the dozen in every room. Because they nested almost exclusively in our closets and in dark places they were nearly translucent with horrid big black eyes. By the time I was nine I had captured, marked and named all the ones in my room. Then we had Banana spiders (about the size of a dinner plate) that set up webs all around the house and in the trees we climbed. I became quite inoculated to creepy crawlies. I even got used to coral snakes and Habu. THEN we moved to Texas. The creepy crawlies got bigger and scarier. I never got used to the Black Widows, Scorpions, or Bees. (Bees send me into cardiac arrest within minutes of a bite or sting). I did learn to appreciate the spiders though. The webs were so big and intricate they often caught the other potentially lethal bugs that tried to get in. I still don't kill spiders if I can help it. If they are bitey or dangerous they go outside. If they're potentially lethal to the kids or dog... they go to the boat piers.
This sounds quite high and mighty until you hear about snakes. I cannot stand them. They freak me out. pet snakes are not an issue. I have a healthy respect for those. Wild snakes... they get triple O buck. When I was working with the police department in Texas I got called to the high school to capture some copperheads that were in the Ag department's Water cistern. My direct supervisor handed me waders and tongs and laughed. I refrained from shoving him into the five foot deep water and came up with my own plan. I had them drain the tank, then Idispatched the snakes with custom loaded bird shot. I have no desire to get that close to one ever again. And I never set a single toe in the tank.
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