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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 • Posted May 16, 2012

While strolling through the pasture one day

In the very merry month of May

We were taken by surprise

By a loud rattle noise

While strolling in the pasture one day.

Yep.

They’re heeeeeeeeere.

Rattlesnakes.

On the move.

In the shade.

On a rock.

Under a tree.

In the grass.

By the deck.

Over yonder.

Under foot.

Watch your step.

Keep your eyes and ears open.

Scientifically known as Crotalus.

From the Greek, meaning “castanet.”

And Sistrurus.

From the ancient Egyptian musical instrument sistrum, a type of rattle.

So says Wikipedia.

Rattlesnakes are native to North and South America.

In other words, they belong here.

Of those humans bitten by a rattlesnake, 72% are males, often young and intoxicated.

That shouldn’t be funny.

Half of those bites occur when the victim sees the snake…and doesn’t move away.

Well, duh.

Arizona wins the prize for the state with the most kinds of rattlesnakes.

And they can have it.

Olmec, Aztec, and Mayan cultures revered the rattlesnake.

Mayans considered it a “vision serpent” and conduit to the “otherworld.”

If you’ve almost stepped on one, you know the feeling of otherworld.

The sound of that rattle can make you leap 10 feet to the other end of a deck.

Not much one can do, either.

After all, we’re living in their habitat.

They were here first.

And speaking of habitat…

Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Spring Benefit fundraiser is this Saturday.

May 19, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.Money donated allows homes to be built for qualifying Mason families.

Otherwise they’d have to sleep on the ground with snakes.

Get more details from the Mason County Chamber of Commerce.

So come on out.

Eat, drink, and be merry in the very merry month of May.

Hopefully sans snakes.That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square www.reneewalkerwriterpoet.com

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