They call him Cowboy. That is just his nickname. Few people know any different
. He was born in Texas during the 1940’s. His parents worked on a farm, so he knows all about horses, cows, chickens, and other farm animals. He worked cattle
when he was younger. Cowboy is known to be the best horse trader in the area
. He also knows how to be aware
of snakes, coyotes, wolves, opossums, and skunks, too!
He is truly an expert
Here are some tips he has for watching out and being careful
if you know you are in rattlesnake territory
. He says that snakes, the rattlers Texas is known for, hibernate
during the cold winter months. They come out of hiding when the weather
warms up. While they are hibernating or when they first wander
out, they are less likely
. They are slow at first to move about, but be careful
once it gets really hot outside. Wear your boots high and do not walk in grass that is too tall. Be careful
not to move large logs, branches, large sheets of metal
or pieces of wood. They love to hide
under things like that. Keep a gun handy, and know how to use it if you see a coiled snake. Once you hear the rattle, it might
be too late. If you get bit, get to the doctor quick.
Now Cowboy also says that rattlesnake is good to eat. He says that when you skin a snake, if the meat is all white, it is alright! If it is dark, the snake has bitten himself after or while being killed. Do not try to cook it if you notice
that. The snake has poisoned himself and you will be poisoned if you eat it, too.
Cowboy has been known to go rattlesnake hunting and bring home many still alive! Then he kills, skins, and cooks them up! He says that some people buy rattlesnake skins to use on hatbands, make boots out of, wallets, and others for western decorations.
Cowboy is an expert
on them that is true. I would rather not be around them at all, but they are good eating!