Once again the myth about everything being bigger in Texas has been debunked. And I can feel like Ms Badass as a result!
Confession time, I’m terrified of snakes. When I say terrified I mean to the point that I will swerve to avoid running over one on the road. I’m afraid that the tire will toss it up into the underbody of the car where it will lay in wait until I open the door and then strike. I’m even scared to death of dead snakes. So what does my fear of snakes have to do with myths about the size of things in Texas?
Last night I met the Texas Blind Snake. I suppose I should tell you that I thought is was a worm. A weird worm little 5 inch worm, but a worm nonetheless. Worms don’t bother me. I fish and like any self-respecting angler I bait my own hook. I’ve even been known to dig my own worms, so a little worm ain’t nothing to run from.
But this worm just didn’t look right, it clearly had a head. And the other end was tapered. One thing I know about worm’s is that when you’re talking your common earthworm, you can’t tell the business end from the other end. It was also a bit pale for a worm. Then I noticed how it moved and I started thinking snake.
Now if you don’t know me that well I should tell you that this is the point where I usually scream and run off in any direction away from said snake in search of clean underwear. Oddly enough I didn’t. So maybe I was still hanging on to the hope that it was a worm, but I kept my eyes on it just in case. I think in this case it was the snake trying to hie off in search of clean underwear. I think it was more terrified of me!
So this morning I just had to know and set about searching for any snake that could possibly have been the culprit and I discovered the Texas Blind Snake. A nocturnal predator that mainly eats ants and termites. Adults are usually 5-8 inches in length and tend to end up in chicken bellies since the chickens can’t tell them from worms either! And well yes it probably was looking for clean underwear since it’s method of defense is coil up writhe and smear excrement all over itself.