Whenever you move to a new area--there's always something that's specific to just that area or region that you may not have known much, if anything, about prior to moving there. I mean, for me--the focus was on taking a brand new job, meeting a whole group of new people, selling my house in Illinois, getting established here in Midland... I wasn't really thinking much about what critters may or may not be lurking in the shadows or in the brush during my travels; I was much more concerned with finding a house that checked all the boxes that my wife and I wanted--and getting my office set up at the stations.

After starting here-I heard a couple stories from the staff here at Lonestar 92.3 about rattle snakes being out in back of the building and near the back door one time when they went outside... But I wasn't here when that happened (hadn't started yet), and since then in my daily travels I have yet to encounter ANY kind of snake (knock on wood!) let alone a poisonous Rattler. I HAVE, however--had TWO encounters with Scorpions since moving here. One here at the radio station--one was cruising along in the hallway on the carpeting... Our Market President's Husband Ron happened to be here that day and grabbed a pair of pliers from the garage and grabbed it and took it outside. The other was finding a dead one IN MY HOUSE along the back wall near the back door to the patio. Thank goodness for Pest Control services--I'm sure it ate something they placed.

In my travels this past week I happened to come across a poster with 15 venomous snakes that are all found in Texas in various regions. There may be more for all I know but this poster had 15 listed. So of course, I had to stop and look them up. See what all my family and I could be dealing with in our daily lives. There is a really good resource when it comes to this topic--and even if you're from here and you already know a lot of this--a refresher as the weather starts to get warmer with being just a couple weeks away from the first day of Spring and the risk of encountering one of these rises--isn't a bad idea. Check out THIS website--from Texas Parks and Wildlife. Everything you need is right there to have a safe and happy warm weather season for yourself--and your pets if you're out walking dogs, etc. Be safe out there!

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