Snakes and Hornets
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.
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.
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
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