Needles and Ivy and Snakes, OH MY!   Leave a comment

Among the dangers of foraging, in this neck of the woods, are needles and ivy and snakes.  Yes, needles, hypodermic needles.  I almost stepped on these.  One of the many reasons to trend lightly, wherever we step.  My “Grabber” snatched 15 hypodermics, yesterday, and safely relocated them to an empty 32 oz. yogurt container I carry, for just such purposes.

 

And, there is the ever-present danger of  “Leaves of 3”, as in, POISON IVY, Rhus radicans (1)

WARNING: DO NOT TOUCH :  REMEMBER – “LEAVES OF THREE, LET IT BE!”

Contact with Poison Ivy can cause extreme dermatitis.  Funny, how it likes to hide in plain sight!

I always thought the Common Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis (18 – 48″), was harmless!  Did you know, “Their saliva appears to be toxic to amphibians and other small animals and a bite may produce swelling or a burning rash in some people. Although garter snakes may or may not bite if handled, most individuals secrete a foul-smelling fluid from anal glands when alarmed.”? (2)   Thankfully, this beauty was not alarmed!

In spite of the dangers, it was a good day, out there.  I foraged 60 gallons of litter, and located a new, off the beaten path, edibles foraging spot.

Be safe out there!

Thanx for stopping by.  See you soon.

 

(1) https://forageporage.wordpress.com/poisonous-plants/

(2)http://masnakes.org/snakes/common_garter/index.html

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Posted March 22, 2012 by forageporage in Unavoidable

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