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The Whitehurst Diaries: We are Daughters of Eve

I'm told there are 'good snakes.' I scream and levitate upon encountering any snake - underfoot, overhead, dead or alive. - SHARON WHITEHURST
Comments re photo 45056 Working snake Going to dinnerBy Sharon Whitehurst

I find it intimidating enough to be watchful for snakes underfoot.

Until our daughter and son-in-law bought their place on Old Gradyville RD and began to point out snakeskins draped along the branches of their dooryard maples, I hadn't considered Kentucky as hosting tree-climbing serpents.

I'm told there are 'good snakes.' I scream and levitate upon encountering any snake - underfoot, overhead, dead or alive.

And I don't linger to discern the shape of their heads or the set of their eyes.

Years ago, confessing my horror of snakes to an elderly friend, she responded ruefully; "We are daughters of Eve - and we don't forget!" - Sharon WhitehurstThanks, Sharon Whitehurst: I guess there is a theological answer to the snake issue. I married into a family of devout Metcalfe County snakekillers. Mema, who packs heat, considers herself a Daughter of Eve, but even more, a sister of Annie Oakley. I've always held to the policy of just giving them ground, applying only William Faulkner's doctrine from "The Bear": They leave me alone, I leave them alone.

This particular arboreal slitherer does have a disconcerting habit, however, of falling out of trees; hence my own name for them, the "Kerplop Snake." It's happened a many a time in my Gradyville Days, where particularly healthy ones grow. None of my female kin approve of the snake pictures, but if Judy Grant is brave enough take a portrait of one, and shares a get-a-long-aness with me, I just felt compelled to run the snake picture she took. -ED WAGGENER

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Working snake: Going to dinner

2012-05-06 - South Adair County, KY - Photo by Judy Grant.
My husband noticed this snake in a tree while he was sitting on our front porch today (Saturday, May 5, 2012). He said this snake was out for lunch! Tree frogs! This snake is too close for comfort for me, but it's untelling how long this snake has done this. He or she just happened to be noticed today! Against every fiber in my body, we let it live. - Judy Grant Clicking Readmore accesses a neat Sharon Whitehurst comment on the Good Snake Issue.

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