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Life's Adjustments

Updated on October 20, 2016

Snakes and Hornets

The Poskok snake found  close to our home
The Poskok snake found close to our home | Source
The Poskok snake run down by a vehicle   while trying to get across the street. The dead snake  is held on  a stick
The Poskok snake run down by a vehicle while trying to get across the street. The dead snake is held on a stick | Source
The busy Yellow Hornet
The busy Yellow Hornet | Source

My Life Adjustments

I adjusted to a foreign life and had many confrontations with the animal life and nature.

The things that scared me most in the beginning are no longer as scary.

I just have to to beware of my surroundings, during the summer time.

When I first came to Croatia, I was often told of the deadly snake.

The most venomous snake in the region, called the Poskok snake an eastern European snake.

It has horns on its nose, and is an unusual feature that makes the snake look most potent.

The female Poskok, is a gray to brownish in color and is black on the back.

The female has a zig-zag pattern which is not connected but broken in between, and the male Poskok has a grayish color.

  • A few years ago, I had a close encounter with the Poskok snake.

My son and I while waiting at the bus stop and it was rather early that morning, sometime in August.

While laughing and talking we suddenly heard a noise that shocked me.

The hiss of the Poskok snake made me scared and shocked for most of that morning.

I could not believe this was actually happening at that moment, and it all happened very quickly.

I turned around and saw this short thick snake slither off into the bushes.

It was cooler that morning and it was around the time of the mating period.

I saw the an odd snake and I could have been bitten.

I disturbed its peace, and the snake only reacted with a warning and disappeared.

  • My fault!

  • It definitely surprised us!

I heard of a few incidents from the past when people got bitten by the Poskok snake, and died without immediate medical treatment.

These incidents occurred when the individual worked alone in the wild and with no one around that made it difficult to seek medical attention right away.

There is an antidote for the snake bite and if bitten, the individual would need immediate attention.

There is an emergency medical care close by, about fifteen minutes away.

The Yellow Jacket Hornet is a common name for this type of wasp, and found in North America. I once read that Mongolians eat this wasp.

It has venom that can be fatal with allergic reactions to the venom.

We have the Yellow Jacket Hornets during the summer time. These creatures build their nests in old buildings,and are aggressive hornets.

We first lived nearby an old building, and had no idea at that time where the Yellow Jacket Hornets came from to our home.

I had to see for myself!

The nest had to be rid off.

We had the hornets terminated and felt much safer.

I do see them fly by our place but are from other parts of the bushes with newly built nests.

If further away from homes the environment would feel safer.

The hornets are often mistaken for bees. They feed on sweet foods; bees are their best of diets, including grapes.

I once tried drying bunches of grapes in a crate.

The hornets came in hundreds daily, and ate all the grapes. My observations taught me better.

The other attraction to hornets are bright light if they are flying around by at night.

I used to get them flying right into our home at night, especially on summer evenings, and going directly to the light.

I do fear the hornets and the one and only deadly snake, but I have adjusted to that part of life too.

I know what time of the year to expect these snakes, and same as the hornets. I try to take the necessary precautions to stay safe.

I don't stand around fig trees, or close to any rocks.

The color of the rock and the snake blends in well as a perfect camouflage.

I don't experiment with sweet grapes any more.

I always watch where I touch and where I walk.

During the summer time, I have to be aware of my surroundings at all times.

I never leave the door opened or unattended. It is necessary to keep all doors closed if nobody is around. The opened door invites anything inside. Once a creature sees an opening they get in.

I don't go on long walks without wearing proper shoes, the knee high comfortable shoes are my best choice.

When I am outdoors and indoors I am most observant.

Many a times I have seen snakes slither by and did not try to hurt them.

Snakes only bite you if disturbed so avoid interfering with snakes.

My experiences with snakes have been the most of all to get me out of my fearful mind.

One day while sitting in the living room, I heard the kitchen window close from the slight breeze. It was a summer’s day and I was home alone.

My first reaction was to see what caused the window to bang. Just my instincts kicked in at that moment.

I got up and looked toward the kitchen window, and there was a snake hanging of the window and from part of the shutters.

It was another shocking experience.

A different snake that had a very attractive pattern and the weird behavior about the snake was the calmness shown to me.

It was very calm as I tried to close the window in disbelief, the snake caught up in between the window, and the shutter on the outside.

The snake moved to a corner as I closed the window, and I still don't know much about this kind of snake.

I did this with a shocked mind, and called a neighbor to remove the snake and free it somewhere far from our home.

The unusual snake gave me a fright and since then I had adjusted to the countryside, and the living creatures.

Living in the countryside means I got to live with everything else around me. I am doing just that, and getting used to my surroundings with safety methods.

I am not afraid of snakes, and understand that snakes have their own habitat.

When Living not far from the bushy regions one would expect to find surprises.

The wolves, and fox live up in the mountains, and jackals come out at night in search of food.

Often I leave leftover food for the neighbor's dog and the dog doesn't always eat that food. Instead, the wolf or the fox comes by. I don't mind the late night feeders coming by.

I know to keep a fair distance from these wild animals or the reptiles, if necessary.

My life in Croatia has improved my thoughts in many ways, especially my positive outlook on what I want to do, and how I choose to carry myself.

I sometimes hear people speaking negatively.

I ignore those sad talks because I know I can overcome any obstacle with my own positive mind.

When dealing with my surroundings, I see more of a new challenged person inside of me. I make sure to go along with what makes me happy and free in a foreign country.

If I show fear I will certainly fear, so I avoid showing fear.

I am brave about my new adjustments, and figured out my own ways to work out my fears. I confront what I know are the causes of my fears.

For example:

After the few confrontations with snakes, I became less fearful. I did not plan the confrontations from the sudden effects. I learned that I can stop being afraid of snakes.

The hornets are dangerous, but only when stung or when interfered with to provoke them.

A simple understanding of the behaviors creatures in the wild will enlighten you.

The aggressiveness shows how they choose to defend themselves if irritated by humans or other prey.

A while back, we were invited to supper at a friend's place.

It was a lovely evening, warm and a very happy evening.

The plan was to have supper outside.

The florescent light attracted the hornets with its brightness. There was one hornet flying around aimlessly, and kept on flying around the table and falling onto the table sluggishly.

It flew away from the table for a few times, until the hornet got quite restless. Not everyone understood the behavior of the hornet, I did.

The hornet got caught up in my friend’s hair and she sort of waved it off with her hand, and with her strand of her hair it got away back to the light.

In that moment the hornet was aggressive, and really agitated. With that aggressive behavior stung a woman on her ear while she stood under the light.

She was afraid of what would happen next, but the people around her did not take the incident seriously.

Their option was to treat the wound with simple home remedies.

The serious symptoms from the ear put her in a lot of pain.

The following day the woman had to be rushed to the emergency room for treatment.

The treatment of antibiotics got her a quick recovery.

  • Some people don't have any reaction to the hornet's sting.

    I observe my surroundings with a great interest.

The Yellow Jacket Hornet Nest

The fear of snakes and Yellow Jacket Hornets

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The Poskok Snake

Adventurous moments

About the Author:  A writer who enjoys her work,  writes from the heart  and shares her experiences freely.
About the Author: A writer who enjoys her work, writes from the heart and shares her experiences freely. | Source

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I suppose that each environment has its more or less dangerous animals. You definitely have two different kinds in your area. Because I live in the city, my biggest "scares" would be squirels, skunks, marmots and raccoons ;-) I am not afraid of them and I must say I even enjoy seeing them in my backyard but I will not try to approach them because they have to stay wild.

      Very interesting hub, Devika!

      Have a great week!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi kidscrafts interesting animals I enjoy observing such creatures thank you very much for your time.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      DDE

      A fascinating Hub. I don' t mind the hornets so much because I like to photograph them. I dislike the thought very much of sharing my home with Snakes - especially poisonous ones. I think you will remember we gad a few in South Africa - the Mamba and Puff Adders!

      You have had to make a lot of adjustments in your new life - it should make you feel proud to look back and see just how far you have come.

      Well done DDE I enjoyed this Hub very much

      Best wishes

      Sally

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Snake is not welcome subject for me unfortunately as I am very much afraid of it. We at home have ornamental fishes in aquarium. My children love it well. The way you present each topic in a different way interesting. I will appreciate if you write something about the food, language problem, entertainment facilities etc in Croatia. Thank you for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I am terrified of snakes and I do not like to be anywhere near hornets. Interesting hub here! Long ago, I was stung my a yellow jacket. It had gotten inside my shoe of all places, and when I slipped my foot in that shoe, ouch!!! My foot swelled up so huge. My dad was in the military at that time and so I went to the military hospital on base and I had a foreign doctor who did not speak good English and he did not seem to understand what I was telling him about being stung by a yellow jacket, as he asked me, "What is this Yellow Jacket" Oh, no, I thought I was in trouble then, and I had to literally stand up and imitate a bee and its buzzing sound LOL. I said, "a bee" and then he said, "What is this bee?" Oh, no, but after many minutes of my imitations of such, he finally understood! LOL

      Up and more and sharing

      I hope you are having a lovely Sunday,

      Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Faith you must have been sacred about your experience and the doctor not fully understanding you at first was another hurdle nevertheless you did get over it well. thank you for the vote up. shared and more I appreciate your time and effort.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Faith you must have been sacred about your experience and the doctor not fully understanding you at first was another hurdle nevertheless you did get over it well. thank you for the vote up. shared and more I appreciate your time and effort. Enjoy the rest of the Sunday

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      sunilkunnoth2012 thank you for suggesting to write about the food language problem etc will try to accomplish a hub on other sides of Croatia i appreciate you stopping by

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Sally I do remember the poisonous snakes we have back in SA your encouraging words are most enlightening to me thank you

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We had been tracking Mule Deer for a day and were on foot a day from Man. My buddy Mike got struck and struck hard by a venomous snake. I tried to suck the venom out best I could. We tourniquet the leg, but had to release. I plopped him down under a Juniper and got a bottle of whiskey from his pack. He leaned back and sighed. We drank that whiskey together and drifted into the night sleep. What would happen would happen.

      This was a 7,000 feet elevation in winter.

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 3 years ago from Georgia

      I am so afraid of these!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      That was a very interesting hub. Very informative as well. No I'm not fond of snakes. I hope they just never cross my path

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Very nice hub, DDE. I am by nature a coward, and would require a space suit to live among snakes and hornets and such. But the snake was actually quite beautiful in the video, and it was cute how the snake was afraid of the camera.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! What an incredible story. Very interesting! Got me thinking. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you Victoria for commenting.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Nadine thank you for commenting

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      grand old lady it is a pretty looking snake as most attractive snakes are poisonous and this one is not different thank you for stopping by

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Quite an interesting hub and I enjoyed reading about the wildlife! Voted useful.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Suzanne thank you kindly for the vote useful and for commenting on my hubs.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      learning to live with our fellow creatures as you have done can only enhance your life ,and your knowledge and understanding of life. As you say It has made you a stronger person. If everyone understood our fellow creatures and how they live many innocent creatures would be saved from a premature death, Voted up,interesting and useful, Thank you for sharing my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

      Devika, this is most interesting. I have not heard of yellow jacket hornets. Just plain yellow jackets and been stun too many time to count, they love fruit and in the orchard when we gathered the apples that fell on the ground if you pickup one that has a bad spot on the bottom, there is usually two or more in the bad spot, and the yellow jackets will attack.

      Snakes, the U.S.A. has numerous snakes, and like your Poskok they will usually give a warning, especially the Diamond Back Rattle snake. But if I hear a rattle I go in a different direction. I stear clear of the rattle, but I think the most dangerous is the water moccasin/cotton mouth, the maybe a little less poisonous but the chance of getting big is greater.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very interesting. I love reading hubs about animals, even when the animals are dangerous! Thank you for sharing your experiences, Devika.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L.'' If everyone understood our fellow creatures and how they live many innocent creatures would be saved from a premature death.'' A true line indeed. Thank you for the vote up, interesting and useful. You are one of my faithful commenters.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Shyron, I have knowledge of the snakes you have mentioned and in South Africa there are many deadly and poisonous snakes but this one and only snake in our region is certainly one to look out for. Your comments are always appreciated thank you very much.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC thank you kindly for sharing your thoughts here.

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      Tim Mitchell 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Both an interesting and fun article to read DDE. I was imagining moving to a distant country or even a different state here in the US. The changes we must undertake just with cultures and communication can be daunting. These others you shared offer us so much knowledge from your experiences. Thank you . . .

      tim

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tsmog thank you and yes it was daunting at first I have overcome many obstacles and enjoy writing about my experiences thank you for stopping by

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Great hub, very informative hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Susan thank you very much

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I've never heard of this type of snake. I really am quite fearful of snakes in general. On Sunday, I had a close call while walking near the river with my family. I was the last one to climb over a fallen tree. Just as I went to place my hand down on the log, I noticed a copperhead (one of the most venomous types of snakes) coiled up sunning itself on the log. My hand would've been within a foot of him. I about peed my pants. I'm still freaked out just thinking about it.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Your experience sounds thrilling and with a shiver too. I heard of the Copperhead and just hearing its name gives me a shiver for sure. Thank you for commenting

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      We can adjust to overcome dangers. Good lesson. Voted up and useful!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      jtrader thank you for the vote up and useful your presence at my hubs makes me feel more appreciative of what I write

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