This week is Shark Week on The Discovery Channel. It’s not only Shark Week, but it’s the 25th anniversary of Shark Week, which means that for the last 25 years the kind and wonderful people at The Discovery Channel have been scaring little children (and big chickens like me) and keeping them from enjoying the beautiful beaches of this world.
Yes, you read that right — I’m a chicken and I’m afraid of sharks. Worse, I live in Florida, the state with the most shark sightings.
I’m also afraid of snakes. Did you see the story that broke this week about the record-breaking Burmese Python? They killed it this week in the Florida Everglades. It’s seventeen feet and seven inches long. Yes, that’s right SEVENTEEN FEET AND SEVEN INCHES LONG. A record. Another record is that it had 87 eggs in it.
Yup, pythons live in Florida with me, too.
Have I mentioned spiders? Spiders make me scream. I once caught my house on fire trying to get rid of one. Yes, I hate them THAT badly. And here I am, in Florida where two of the most deadly spiders live.
I was going to put a picture of a spider here, but I was afraid it might attract real ones, so I’m just going to put a picture of this, instead:
There. I feel better.
And then there are the giant iguanas . . . seriously, we have them. They lurk in trees and then, when the temperatures get a bit chilly, fall into a stupor and tumble out of trees right onto unsuspecting people’s heads.
And don’t even get me started on Killer Bees or Gators. No, no, NO.
What wild critters live near your house and make you cringe? Have you had any encounters with those critters? Are you watching Shark Week? And if so, why?