We had a lovely, utterly poisonous coral snake (“Red on yellow kill a fellow…”) on our front porch this evening! I’ve grown accustomed to the four ‘gators in the pond next to our house, and they don’t bother me too much (they’re small–three to four feet long–but one has grown unafraid of people, which is scary), but the coral snake took me aback. I don’t really like the notion of a pretty, poisonous snake hanging out near my front door where my two-year-old might try to grab it.
Nonetheless, I let it crawl away and didn’t try to kill it. I decided about five minutes later that perhaps I should try to capture it and move it somewhere else, but it had been moving and was nowhere to be found by then.
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