I asked my sister Cindy if she had any bug or snake stories, knowing how much her son Joker loved bugs as a kid. She told me about the time he was seven. Joker and his friend Joey found a stink bug and painted it pink with red and blue stripes, then sprinkled it with silver glitter.
The boys put it in a clear container and showed it to Joey’s mom, Shelli. “Oh, my gosh!” she exclaimed when she saw it, thinking it was a strange new species. She caught on quickly, though, when she saw the smirks on their faces.
Cindy also told me about another time when Shelli came over to borrow something on a dark wintry night. “Were your kids playing with rubber snakes today?” Shelli asked. She was barefooted and walked past one lying in the driveway. (They live in California.)
“No, they don’t have any rubber snakes,” Cindy told her.
Cindy’s two boys and Joey followed their mothers out front to check out the rubber snake. Shelli was about to pick it up when the boys suggested they throw something at it to make sure it wasn’t real.
So, Shelli threw a rock and the snake moved. Both moms screamed for Shelli’s husband Phil to come deal with the snake.
Phil checked it out and informed them, “It’s a baby rattlesnake.”
What wise little boys, huh?
That true tale makes me wince. I’m not fond of snakes or creepy crawlies. My son always wanted to get a pet snake. No way, no how. Not even a so-called harmless garter snake.
If it gives us high blood pressure or a heart attack, it’s not harmless, right? Besides, I just discovered on Wikipedia that “recent discoveries have revealed they do, in fact, produce a mild neurotoxic venom.” Too mild to kill a human, “and they also lack an effective means of delivering it.”
Would you want a pet snake? My niece had a pet ball python. A few months ago, the snake got its very own credit card out of the blue in the mail. You can read about it here.
Do you have a funny or yucky bug story? If you missed the story about the shiny black beetle, you can read about it here.
Are you pro or con as far as slithering creatures and creepy crawlies? Please share in the comments.
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