TITLE

Snakes in the Grass

AUTHOR(S)
Cutler, Maggie
PUB. DATE
August 2003
SOURCE
Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);8/25/2003-9/1/2003 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 142 Issue 8/9, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
The author tells her story about the rattlesnakes on her property. When my husband and I bought property in the upstate New York village that, for privacy's sake, I call Bluestone, we didn't sweat the rattlers. It was no secret that our corner of the world is home to timber rattlesnakes, but we were too concerned with closing costs and mortgages to worry about poisonous reptiles. Soon after we became Bluestoners, our education in rattlesnakes began. Timber rattlers winter in dens up in the mountains behind us. As the summer grows hot and dry, locals say, "they come down looking for water," mercifully ridding the area of excess rodents as they go. That's the thing about living with rattlesnakes. They leave you feeling oddly compromised, in a way that I have trouble explaining to my snakeless friends.
ACCESSION #
10653668

 

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