What's more fearsome in the wilds, a man eating shark, or a menacing rattle snake?
I caught a "Shark Week" episode on the Discovery Channel and learned about the attacks that first stirred our fins-in-water cultural phobia that spiked with the "Jaws" novel and movie from my youth...I've encoutered big sharks off our coast while fishing, from hammerheads to tigers to threshers...From sound to surf to offshore reef, you know they're out there. In the woods, I got a close look at a rattlesnake last weekend...That reminded me of seeing some eastern diamondback rattlers over the years or more precisely, the skins from their dead carcasses that strecthed longer than six feet...From what i could discern, this one in question was a timber rattler venomous and awesome in its own right (scientific name "Crotalus horridus", which should tell you something). I recall, years ago, interviewing a man in the backwoods of Sampson County NC., who piled up sticks and brush for snake habitat...He believed we shouldn't indiscriminately kill snakes, even the potentially deadly ones, because they feed on rodents and other pests as an essential part of the food chain....As for me, I've seen my numerous timber rattler and don't care to see another one...Some things stir primal fears, for whatever reason, a question that I like to ask to you: "So what really gives you the willies?? Pick your poison!!!!!
Question by rudyglove27. Uploaded on August 13, 2009