Unexpected consequences of “progress”.

Bullsnake killed on the road in front of my house on June 13, 2013. Bullsnakes are not venomous eventhough they look like rattlesnakes.

Bull snake killed on the road in front of my house on June 13, 2013. Bull snakes are not venomous even though they look like rattlesnakes.

Progress is a value-laden term. One person’s progress (the internal combustion engine, for example) is another’s worst nightmare (the parent of a child who is killed in an automobile crash.)

The rural road in front of my house was paved about 10 years ago. Now it is more dangerous due to more traffic that drives faster. On the other hand, we don’t have the dust drifting into our house with the northwest breeze either.

This morning, I found two victims of our road traffic (or you might say, victims of progress), a squashed young snapping turtle and a bullsnake on my road.

Bullsnakes (also known as gopher snakes) are in fact a very beneficial species to have around even if their behavior seems a little aggressive. They help keep the rodent population down.

More later on the term “progress” and what it means for us in the countryside.

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