Mr. Bug and I took LLB to see the snake program at the local State Park yesterday afternoon.
We arrived at the park and 2 snake handlers had brought some of their collection of snakes for the kids to see. They had both non poisonous and poisonous snakes. The poisonous snakes were in containers and we weren't allowed to touch them. No problem here!!
We did get to see what a local copperhead looks like. You know me - knowledge is power. I will avoid anything that looks like a snake, thankyouverymuch!
The non poisonous snakes were passed around for all to hold and touch. LLB's favorite was an albino milk snake. He was gorgeous! She held all kinds of snakes and seemed to enjoy it. One guy asked her if she had snakes because she was so comfortable holding them. (Ha! That will be the day!!!) They had a really pretty red corn snake that LLB held until he bit her. Then she threw him on the ground and let out a yelp. (I made her pick him back up so that A - she wouldn't be totally anti-snake for the rest of her life, and B - so that we wouldn't lose him.)
The guy came over and said, "He didn't bite you."
LLB nodded while she tried really hard to keep the tears at bay. LLB wasn't hurt, she was heartbroken that this snake had bit her for no reason.
I said, "Yes, he did. Right here. She wasn't doing anything wrong, he just bit her in slow motion."
He took the snake and we went to get her fang marks cleaned up.
(I'm sure he thought she was being irresponsible or something, but she wasn't.)
Needless to say, LLB had had enough and we did what all females do when we've had a crisis - we went shopping.