Academic journal article Alberta History

A Snake Story

Academic journal article Alberta History

A Snake Story

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Magrath--That there are poisonous snakes in this part of Southern Alberta, in spite of the assertions of most people to the contrary, has been proven by a party of working men employed on an irrigation lateral south-west of this place. They relate a very strange story and, if it is true, and there is every reason to believe that it is, the people would do well to take more precautions in their dealings with the few reptiles that we have in this section of the country. According to the story given out to your correspondent by one of the party, the snakes were accidentally discovered in an old abandoned cellar. During their work, which was cutting noxious weeds on the banks of the ditch, they were startled to find in a clump of grass and other foliage a large reptile. It was almost three feet in length, about the size of a man's wrist in circumference, and was of a dull blueish color.

The snake had large glassy eyes, which looked unusually dangerous and menacing, and the men thought best to keep a safe distance from it fangs. They succeeded in despatching it with the scythes which they used to cut the weeds and on examining it they found proof towards establishing their belief that the snake was poisonous. …

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