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  •  Darkness, water, and snakes, oh my! (14+ / 0-)

    My guess - I don't know for a fact - is that the snakes were only interested in self preservation at that point, and would have been unlikely to bite unless you stepped directly on one of them.  Good to know that both of you made it safely through the adventure!  And hopefully the snakes did as well.

    •  I'm sure the snakes were ok... (11+ / 0-)

      the water was flowing into the drainage ditch, and they seemed to have no problems swimming in the flooded area... So either they managed to reach dryer ground or they went in the ditch and not the road.  The water was colder too, which may have helped me in the end, and I was very careful not to step on any of them after I noticed them, I'm just glad I didn't before I noticed them.

      Usually I'm not afraid of snakes, I used to handle and feed the class boa in high school, and I've observed many in nature. It was, as you said, the combination of darkness, water and unexpected snakes that shook me up, that and not being able to id them. I prefer to know what snakes I'm that close to (which is much closer to wild snakes than I usually am, other than the Garters I used to catch in my tweens).

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Tue May 15, 2012 at 07:47:55 AM PDT

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