"Hmm I wonder why papa pepper educates his kids about snakes...."
Most should really not wonder by this point, should they?
Yesterday, we found the first venomous snake of the year on our homestead. Thankfully, our daughter Red-Pepper noticed it before we accidentally stepped on or near it. Any time we can locate and identify potentially dangerous creatures is a bonus for us, so we like to teach and train our children. Here's a photo of that young Copperhead from yesterday.
When I shared the story about finding that snake and the great job that Red-Pepper did, an "internet friend" Dutch Creek Cabin commented "Hmm I wonder why papa pepper educates his kids about snakes.... well done kiddo!👏" Understanding potential dangerous and properly responding to it is very important in my eyes.
Yesterday we were able to remove a Black Rat Snake from a shed on someone's property next to where they keep their chickens and rabbits. They had seen it the day prior, and in less than a minute of searching the area we were able to locate it, after one of their sons spotted it in the rafters. It was a very chill snake, so I allowed the children to check it out up close and in person. In these photos, young Buddy-Pepper is practicing holding a larger snake while giving appropriate support to its body. There are ways to carelessly hurt a snake, and ways to aggravate a chill snake, so proper handling skills can be important. Yes, Buddy-Pepper did well, both him and the snake remained safe, and we are still helping others with snake removal and also educating people. Enjoy the photos.
BUDDY-PEPPER INTERACTING WITH A BLACK RAT SNAKE - PHOTOS