Last week, an e-mail landed in my inbox from the president of our community garden association. The subject line read: VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: WILDLIFE AT THE GARDEN.
Wildlife at the garden, eh? My initial reaction was that it must be deer again. A deer probably jumped someone's fence and ate everything in sight. Or maybe rabbits are getting under the fences and sampling everyone's green beans. Or maybe it's rats. Yeah, we have them here and occasionally they'll show up at the garden to look for rotting produce. (Gross, I know, but it happens.)
But no. It's neither deer nor rabbits nor rats. It's SNAKES! We've got snakes! And not just one kind of snake. There have been sightings of three different types: Garter snakes, DeKay's brown snakes, and Copperheads. Eeeek!! Cooperheads! They're poisonous!
I am no fan of snakes, whether they're poisonous or not. For me, they fall into the same category as bats. That would be the I-know-they-are-important-for-the-ecosystem-but-I-don't-really-like-them-anyway category. I certainly don't want to meet one of them when I'm grasping for a handful of weeds.
Needless to say, I have been very skittish about being in the garden lately. I won't be wearing my flip-flops anymore, that's for sure. I am even thinking about getting myself a nice tall pair of Wellies for protection. And with all these lovely choices, there's got to be one that will scare the snakes away.
I'll probably stick with basic black, though, so I don't scare the neighbors, too! LOL!