Snakes

Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 9:02 AM
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  • If you are a kid and use the coiled dead snake trick on your mother, it can have painful "endings."

    Just saying. . .

    -- Posted by rjchris on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 9:24 AM
  • In the desert towns of the southwest, a common way for high school students to raise "date money" is catching rattlesnakes.

    The girls drive, and the boys ride on the pickup or car front fenders -- or some even have homemade seats rigged on front.

    Shortly after sundown, they start driving along the less traveled roads through the desert. The cold blooded snakes crawl onto the sun-warmed black asphalt surface to keep warm after sundown.

    When someone spots a snake, they signal -- the driver stops, one boy holds an open burlap bag, another wields the long-handled snake hook, catches the snake and drops it into the bag.

    Large plastic garbage cans are the most common means of holding and transporting the snakes.

    Quite frequently, "snake drive dates" are Wednesday-Thursday-Friday.

    Saturday morning, someone drives the heavily loaded container to a venom lab buyer in Tucson, Yuma, Phoenix, Las Cruces, El Paso or ??

    Saturday night, the hunters share the rewards and go on a [very nice] regular date with the proceeds.

    Wierd dating practice -- but makes sense in the desert.

    Not surprisingly, young marrieds often continue the practice as a means to buy household necessities.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 3:00 PM
  • wierd but sensible

    -- Posted by S&DC on Tue, Jun 23, 2009, at 6:52 PM
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