Lions, tigers and bears are typically very scary animals, but they don't hold a candle to my biggest fear - snakes! You see, you typically don't just happen upon a lion or tiger in my neck of the woods. A bear could be a possibility, but it's not likely. A snake however is a sneaky little turd that slithers around all full of poison and is camouflaged by grass and dirt. You could just be walking through your own backyard and walk right up to one!
Copperhead snakes are prominent in my area, and they are the reason that you will find me looking at the ground as I walk outside during any month that the ground isn't frozen. I make my husband check the entire backyard and all of the outdoor toys before my son is allowed to go out and play. I know that might be extreme, but you never can be too careful.
I wish that I could say that I don't have a problem with black snakes because they are the "good guys" of the snake family, but that would be a lie. I try to remember that they eat copperheads as well as rats, and other rodents which is a good thing when you live in the country. I really try, but I still don't like them.
I am sure that some snake lovers would be quite disappointed in me if they found out that I bludgeoned a baby snake to death with a plastic sand shovel last summer in my driveway, but I did. Cold, hard facts, folks. Baby snakes grow into big snakes.
My biggest snake fear actually came true late last year when my husband noticed a snake slithering through the kitchen. I was ready to MOVE. Right then. Burn the house down and start fresh. My husband actually mentioned spending the night in a hotel while an exterminator came over and made sure none of his little snake friends came inside with him. Which was completely shocking coming from my husband, who fears nothing (according to him). Standing on the couch, watching him jump around the kitchen like a ballerina while he killed the snake with a butcher knife was terrifying to me (though it is funny to picture now). I can only hope and pray that this never happens to me again!
Which animals make you jumpy and nervous?