A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Creepies and crawlies

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Living in a modern house, it’s pretty easy sometimes to forget that we actually do live in a rather wild area.

Our land adjoins a national park, and in it, there are wild boar galore, which often raid and ruck our gardens. There are also wild goats, which you seldom see. Supposedly there are one or two wild cats, too, but this is only by rumor.

On our land, we’ve seen many insects, spiders and snakes. Most are totally harmless, even the really ugly, scary looking ones! We’ve seen praying mantis (I love them, as they eat my aphids!), wolf spiders, ordinary daddy longlegs, butterflies of all types, masses of bees. We’ve seen scorpions a couple of times.

And today – a Montpellier snake, one of the few venomous snakes in Spain. It was by the greenhouse – and luckily spotted first by husband Kenton. I grabbed the dogs and hid in the greenhouse (yes, that’s right!! coward that I am!) while Kenton dispatched the snake. Normally, we don’t like to kill the wildlife around here, but the snake could give the dogs a nasty, perhaps fatal bite.

I really admire him for doing it, and we’re just hoping now that the snake doesn’t have babies somewhere!  And to daughter Peggy, due for a visit next week, I say:

Snake? What snake?

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

One thought on “Creepies and crawlies

  1. Lizzie loves snakes.