As anyone familiar with me knows, I have an irrational fear of snakes. Medically known as Ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes paralyzes me when I run across or just get a glimpse of the belly crawling species. I can pick out an area that looks like prime snake habitat and avoid it like the plague. Just this past weekend, Dustin made me walk through an area that looked like it could be teeming with snakes. Gripped with fear and near hyperventilation, I yell at Dustin to move so we can get the hell out of there. After our quick foray to the restroom, we see a group of kids huddled by the wall where we had climbed up just five minutes prior. Guess at what these kids were staring? You guessed it a SNAKE!!! See, I just knew one was in there lurking, biding his time. BLECH!
This year it seems is the year of the snake, because we have seen more than our fair share. You would think I would become more and more used to seeing them, and the phobia would start to subside; however that is most definitely not the case. You can imagine my intrigue when I saw the gear review for Sweeney’s Snake Repellent. Joe Flowers of Backpacker put the product to the test at his home in North Carolina. He gathered a couple of species of snakes to use as guinea pigs in his product test (No f’in way!). Unfortunately, it seems most of the snakes did not mind slithering through the essence of sulfur, clove and other natural oils. How disappointing! It seems like there just is no deterrent for this cold blooded serpent. Boo!