The day before, a large rattlesnake, attracted by the genial warmth near the stove, had, without waiting for invitation, or being assured of a welcome, crawled in through a huge crack, and stretched out his three feet of length. With a scream or two on the part of the lady, and some dexterous and telling blows by a stronger arm, his snakeship was rendered harmless, though a most ugly object. I noticed a bottle of medicine on the little white-covered table, and over it pinned upon the wall a recipe for rattlesnake bites, and a sure cure.
Kansas: Its Interior and Exterior Life by Sara Robinson
You might be wondering why I’m placing information about rattlesnakes on my blog. It’s all in the name of research. I have a scene with a few rattlesnakes and I wanted it to be as close to realistic as possible. My findings, both with the snakes and the people who encountered them, amazed me. Poor dh has had an ear full.
*Picture taken from Herp Journal
Anyway, over the next few posts I’ll be posting on rattlesnakes. So if they give you the hebbie jebbies, I’m giving you fair warning now.
Post 1- rattlesnakes indigenous to Kansas
Post 2- encounters
Post 3- popular treatments amongst settlers
Post 4- the round-up