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Horned Viper

One of the Marines saw a desert horned viper in the bathroom - the bathroom I use.  He came out of the stall and there it was.  Nasty looking thing.   He said that it reared up.  I did some research and they say that this kind of snake is shy.  I am glad of that.    They are also not very poisonous.   I am glad of that too, but I am a little concerned about the "not very" part.

Horned viper

I understand that they are good for catching rats, but I am not happy to have such things around. I am afraid of snakes that can bite and I am not particularly fond even of those that don’t.   

I have only seen snakes twice since I have been here.   I am not eager to see them again.  Next time I walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night in my flip-flops, I will be thinking about what I don't see and how they might be watching me.  Jeez.   I am narrow-minded when it comes to snakes.  I don't like anything that can give me a venomous bite.

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I can tell you if I came out of a stall and saw that I would have screamed so loud - - and then burst out laughing - - even if it had bitten me. (laughing is one of my stress reactions). Good golly! It would have been startling. I don't know if I'd be walking around in flip flops at night anymore. Don't you all have scorpions?
We have all sorts of nasty things, but we usually don't see them.

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 09/17/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.


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