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I recently saw reference to the state of Maine having nine native species of snake, none of which are venomous. A quick Google search shows that further north in Nova Scotia, there are but four native snake species, also none venomous. Go further south to Massachusetts, and there are fourteen different types of snake, two venomous. In Virginia, there are so many snake species (21) to warrant a Virginia Herpetological Society. Three are venomous. In Georgia, as you might expect, over forty species of snake, six venomous. If you are cold-blooded, there’s nothing like a large, warm southern state with lots of places to hide. Georgia also has a snake society, called the Georgia Herpetological Association and Rescue (G.H.A.R.) www.gaherp.com. One of their missions is to find forever homes for reptiles.


You wouldn’t want your home to be a forever home to any reptile if you suffered from herpetophobia, the fear of reptiles, including snakes, lizards, and even turtles. If you had ophidiophobia, you would have a particular aversion to snakes. But you might still listen to the song “Ophidiophobia” by Cee-Lo Green from the soundtrack for the movie Snakes on a Plane.


Australia is known for its weird and varied wildlife, including poisonous snakes. Strangely, New Zealand, like Ireland, has no native snake species. The Australian Snakebite Project (2005-2015) studied victims of snakebites and chronicled the treatments and outcomes. The conclusions? Venomous snakebites are rare, but sometimes deadly (2.8%). Tourniquets may not do much good, but CPR may help in cases of cardiac arrest. Antivenom is critical to saving lives, but expensive, and only stays good for 1 to 3 years. Fortunately, a single vial of antivenom may do the trick.


Every March 17 we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, whether he banished snakes from Ireland or not. Four months later we celebrate (or do we?) World Snake Day, on July 16, sponsored by the Advocates for Snake Preservation...ASP.  

P.Sssssssss: The snake shown in the photo is the beautiful blue pit viper, native to Indonesia. Very poisonous.

 

PUBLISHED  STORIES  AND  ESSAYS

construction, protection, life safety fundamentals, brainstorming and creativity concept.

HARD  KNOCKS
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UFO, an alien plate hovering over the field, hovering motionless in the air. Unidentified

PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO SEE

Bees at Work

PLIGHT OF THE HUMBLE BEE

Antique Shop

JUNK, READY TO BUY

 

OTHER PUBLISHED STORIES... AND ESSAYS

How To Eat Right
How To Manage Your Money
How To Stay Healthy
The Fall Of Squirrel
Cake Walk
Do-gooders Gotta Eat Too
Of Peas and Queues
Three O'clock in the Garden of Good and Evil
News Item
The Visitor
Mr. Blinkie To The Rescue
The Point System
Elements Of Success 
She Spits to Conquer
The Tree Remembers
Christmas Time Is Here 
The Sodfather
What MLK Day Means To Me 
Thanks, Mussolini 
The Cure 
Tarzan In Decline 
Side Effects 
Greatest Of All Time 
The Last Hundred Days

 
Books

AWARDS AND HONORS

               

 2017     Pushcart Prize nomination from Hawaii Pacific Review for The Last Hundred Days

    2018     First Honorable Mention Short Story Division AWC contest

                2018     Second Place Chattahoochee Valley Contest Short Story category

2019     First Place Flash Fiction Division AWC contest

2020    First Place Essay Streetlight Magazine 

2020  Top ten finalist for The Opossum Prize

2020  Honorable Mention Stories That Need To Be Told Anthology

2020  First place  Flash Fiction category  in Seven Hills contest

2021   Second place Streetlight Magazine's Flash fiction contest

2021   Second place Seven Hills contest for flash fiction

2021    Second place Seven Hills contest for essay/memoir

2021     Third place Seven Hills contest for non-fiction

 
Writing on Computer

"Life is a moderately good play with a poorly written third act."

Truman Capote



"Writers aren't people exactly. Or, if they're any good, they're a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 
Old Book

CURRENTLY READING

...or just finished

Hard Times by Charles Dickens
The Order Of Time by Carlo Rovelli

 
Pile Of Books

Acknowledgments: Photos of Stonehenge courtesy of Trevor S. Key from our trip to England in 2015. Photos of ball pit courtesy of Amelia C. Key from our trip to NYC in 2019.

 
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