enclosed by fence
and unmowed grass
wear high tops here
Rattlesnake skull, look at those fangs!
In my neighborhood, people rarely sight rattlesnakes.
However, the venomous bite of these animals can cause
serious illness, even death, so when I’m outside, I stay alert and
take a few extra precautions.
According to Wikipedia
rattlesnakes are killed in large numbers by humans
and are endangered in some areas as a result.
I understand that sometimes killing a rattlesnake might be a
good idea, for example if a snake is spotted in an area where children regularly play.
And—rattlesnakes hunt mice and rats, which is a good thing,
since these rodents can spread infections to
humans and start fires in buildings by chewing
through electrical wires.
One possible way to strike a balance with rattling reptiles is to make areas
where we often walk or sit unwelcome to them by
removing any nearby sources
of shelter or water.