On Sunday hubby and I were at our oldest daughte'rs home in the country. Hubby was cutting some wood and Carrie and I were standing watching a baby bird on the lawn. All of the sudden our girl let our a bit of a scream and I was searching for what was upsetting her. Finally she said "SNAKE"; there slithering across the grass was a 6 foot long glossy snake. I am not frightened by snakes, so I immediately went over to make sure it didn't have a rattle. After all, we came from an area that had many rattle snakes and we had to kill them for years. It wasn't a rattler and this snake was moving quite rapidly, trying to get to the corn fields behind their house. He made his get away.Yesterday afternoon, our youngest called and said they had a rattle snake in their back yard; I called my hubby at the golf course and told him he was needed. I also went over to help with the little ones. After the men had killed the snake, the police finally showed up and after a few questions, it was determined that it wasn't a rattler but a big Bull snake. Although the family doesn't want any snake in their yard at all, this type would be one that would keep the rattlers away. They live in a suburban neighborhood but there is a farm at the end of their street and apparently the area was known for bull snakes. Their dog, a big(120 lb)Neuf/Lab mix stayed between the snake and the girls and wasn't about to let it near them. He was the one who alerted mom and dad that something was wrong. Good job Samson. Below is the actual bull snake(aka gopher snake)and they are known for their resemblance to rattlers. Without seeing the tail itself or the rattle, you can understand why it was mistaken for a rattler.
Now we will always be on the outlook for snakes in both yards.
Love having angels watching over us!