Had a good thunder shower here last evening so I thought I'd go cut a load of wood this morning while it was still damp and I wouldn't have to worry too much about starting a fire.
I had a big oak that had been down for a while in a grassy area and I thought this morning would be a good time to get it cut up. I pulled up to it, got out and gave it a half dozen or so whacks with the splitting maul like I always do to give any snakes a warning that I'm there. I didn't see or hear anything so I pulled out the saw and limbed it up.
I marked it and started cutting rounds. I was about half way down the tree, I cut through a round and rolled it out of the way with my foot. The bark was loose on the tree and as the round rolled off the bark stayed where it was laying. All coiled up on the bark was a little rattlesnake about 12" or so long.
The little sucker had apparently been between the log and the bark. Thank goodness the bark came off and I saw it. Hate to think of the bark staying attached and me reaching down and grabbing ahold of that piece.
Anyway you all be careful out there.