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Re: OT-HUMOR: cats and scary shovels

When I turn the leaves over, there is no indication of problems on the bottom 
side.  In a message dated 8/6/2000 9:14:33 PM Central Daylight Time, 
RYFigge@aol.com writes:

<< JUST little copperheads"!  They can grow up!  >>

I figured Donald was saying this 'tongue in cheek.'  I grew up in an area 
that copperheads love.  There's a story from the 60s or 70s about a young boy 
baiting his fish hook with baby copperheads at Lake Wappapello in Butler 
County, MO.  He thought they were night crawlers. Thank goodness he was near 
the spillway and was found in time for them to rush him to the hospital.  I 
didn't hear if he survived.

It seems 'baby copperheads' are more deadly than adults.  They are born with 
a full venom sack, and since they haven't killed any prey they have it all.  
Quite deadly.  Of course, I don't know this for sure, not being a copperhead 
specialist.  I do know I've always had a health respect for them.  Again, 
watch in dry summers as they are seeking shelter and water.  They DO love 
iris beds in areas where they proliferate.

Side note . . . did you know to watch overhead in rattlesnake country?  They 
love to craw up trees and can fall onto you from the trees.  I saw a big fat 
5 footer fall on a picnic table full of people. Talk about a heart attack 
waiting to happen.

Betty in Bowling Green KY

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