My black snake did not roll down a hill (no snake can do that by the way) but it sure did surprise me. In all my vast experience with snakes, I had never actually come across one in the wild so to speak. I had seen them in zoos and the like, but they were always behind glass.
Today I was riding down the road and as I rounded the corner to my home, I came across a snake crawling across the road. It was moving fairly slow, and it was bright black so I pulled over and hopped out to check it out.
I knew what a black snake should look like, and quickly identified it as such. The snake was about three feet long and slender, and it quickly noticed me and went to slither away as most snakes do. I could not leave it at that because I love seeing snakes in the wild.
Just as it was about to slither under a board, I grabbed it’s tail and began to pull it back out into the open. Wham! It spun around and barely missed hitting me on the hand. I jumped about six feet into the air it scared me so badly! This thing was quick and was much more likely to strike than I expected. I had barely even touched it and it was ready to strike.
After a couple more attempts at grabbing the snake, the thing struck again. Again it missed. Fortunately, the black snake is not venomous, so I was in no real danger. Still, I have heard a black snake bite is quite painful. Finally, the snake coiled up and just watched me. It took several attempts but the black snake finally let me watch him for a bit.
My first experience with a black snake was memorable, if for no other reason than the aggressive nature of it. I was surprised and found it to be quite exciting. I would love to hear of any black snake stories you might have had. Leave them in the comments below if you have one yourself.