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Great Stories about growing up in the Horntown, Oklahoma area!

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The Big Blue Racer And The Adder

     Were you ever chased by a Blue Racer Snake? Well, I have been. I was in the cotton patch when the cotton plants were about knee high. I looked back and saw this dude headed my direction and fast. I shifted gears and the race was on. It was a couple of rows over and behind me. I could see it's head and part of it's body above the cotton. I found out that they can absolutely glide along at a most rapid pace with the greatest of ease. But not as fast as a scared kid can run, because it never caught me. I've heard that if one will stop and start chasing after them, they will turn tail and go the other way. I've never had that kind of nerve. What if I decided to become the chaser and it didn't know the game plan and refused to be the chasee? Huh uh! Of course these snakes are not poisonous. They are constrictors and not really dangerous. I wasn't inclined to find out.
     Now the Spreading Adder [or puff adder] is a totally different critter. It's a very ordinary looking little snake until it feels threatened. When cornered, they will puff up and spread their heads like a Cobra This is supposed to make them appear much larger and more dangerous. I have encountered this kind of snake several times. They can scare the dickens out of a kid. If you pester them, they will strike viciously, but will never hit the target. If all this doesn't frighten one away, they will just roll over and play dead. If they're turned upright, they will immediately flip back over, as if to say, "hey man you're lookin' at a dead snake. Can't you tell a dead snake when you see one"? At my first encounter, I was frightened, but never after that.
Harry Shumard---class of '43

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