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SLITHERY CRITTER • Southern Rural Route

My brother and his wife found this slithery critter on the chain link gate when they came home late one night.

Corn snake

There is just no end to the number of critters who hang out with us humans on the Southern Rural Route. Not too long ago, I accidentally locked myself out of the house at 8:30 p.m. Still daylight, I walked over to Mr. Beekeeper’s to use his phone to call my brother. My brother DJs and I knew he was at a dance but I was hoping he had a key to his house in the garage. If he did, I would be able to get my spare key out of his house. No such luck. I had to sit on my porch for hours waiting for him to come home. At some point, Mr. and Mrs. Beekeeper came over on their golf cart to bring me a bottle of water. As good neighbors do, they said, “If you need anything, come on over.” I assured them I was not going to budge from my porch because I did not want to step on a snake in the dark. Who am I kidding? I don’t want to step on them in the daylight!