Monday, February 7, 2011
She told me that the old man had told her the secret to long life was that you shouldn't spit out the poison, you should swallow it. Also, he told her that because people don't get bit that much (and therefore wouldn't have much of a chance to practice sucking at snake bites) what she should do is find the snakes and suck the poison right out of their mouths.
I told her I thought this was basically insane, but she insisted it was true and proved it by giving me a snake sucking demonstration right there behind the truck stop. Well, I'll tell you I was impressed. I took her with me and we've been together ever since. Here's a picture of her about to suck some venom out of the mouth of a rattlesnake we caught in the swamp near Jacksonville. She's gonna spit the venom in this jar and sell it to tourists.