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The bashful bristly snake prefers first strikeAuthor's Notes
Each thick scale a sensor and defensive spike
It moves quietly in a world of high-pitched sound
Then uses its shoveled nose to slide underground
It moves like water through dirt and sand
Sensing the creatures above the land
With unhinged jaws, it lunges up
On spiders and rodents it might sup
As it ages and grows, it swallows whole rats
The eldest can eat the young of dire bats
Though the bristly snake is lovely, beware
Its venom is deadly to critters with hair.
I had a pet snake for 22 years--a red tailed boa. Of course, boas aren't poisonous and don't have bristles, but this poem is still an homage to Half.
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