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Lynda Loveland: Braver than me

Posted July 24, 2014

Lynda Loveland

Spiders, bring it on.

Bugs, I don't bat an eye.

But snakes, I can't stinkin' stand!

My daughter, who has never met a living creature she didn't like, is BEGGING for a snake! She is a walking encyclopedia of animal facts and she wants to be an "animal scientist" when she grows up.

For her 11th birthday, we bought her a Fancy Eyelash Crested Gecko. She was thrilled. This past weekend, we took her to Repticon at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. It's basically a huge reptile and exotic animal exhibit. She could have stayed there all day. She had her hands on EVERYTHING. She really wanted this particular white snake, but the thought of it in my house made my skin crawl.

Let me just say that I love animals. Growing up on the farm, I had more pets than I could count, if you factor in the chickens, ducks and so on. I used to think snakes were OK until that one day. While running down a hill barefoot, I stepped on a snake. It wasn't like a partial step. It was full on contact right across the underbelly of my foot. You know, the part that's soft and sensitive to the touch. I can still feel it! I've never gotten over it, which I'm fine with.

So, as much as I want to encourage my daughters passion for animals and knowledge, we will be a serpent free house.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-anchor of the WRAL-TV morning news on Fox 50. Find her here on Thursdays and on Facebook.

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  • momof2gr8grls Jul 25, 2014

    Lynda, your daughter sounds much like mine. UNLIKE you, I really don't have an issue with snakes - or pretty much any other living creature. When in high school, my daughter attended the Reptile Expo - and came home with her first snake. She (the snake) is a retired breeder, a beautiful yellow corn snake, and my daughter had to have her, as she was being kept in a small enclosure 'not suitable to her needs' (according to my daughter) - and therefore had to be 'rescued'. Fast forward: my daughter is now 20 years old, living independently away from us, and has THREE snakes (all small, and non-venomous, and - actually - quite beautiful) - as well as many other rescued 'critters'........but I digress.......... Here's the caution I throw your way (use it as you will): almost NO ONE will rent you an apartment/house if you own snakes. Holy cow, the challenges.................. ;)

  • lec02572 Jul 25, 2014

    With ya on the snakes. Growing up my best friend with whom I roamed the mountains of GA with threw a snake on me. Oh, the beating he received. I'm now 57 now and he nor anyone else has ever thougth about throwing a snake on me again. Hate those things. I don't bother them and don't want them to bother me.

  • jacobburnett Jul 24, 2014

    Oh come on!
    It snakes a village, people...

  • snowl Jul 24, 2014

    I prefer cats only for a household pet, but I've been told not to hurt the common black garden snake because they are helpful to the environmental food chain. I just let them be when I see them!

  • SaveEnergyMan Jul 24, 2014

    Right there with ya Lynda, can't stand them either.

  • Hope Lives Jul 24, 2014
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    I love animals, too, even went to college to become a vet (which I am not, sadly). I can't stand snakes! I also can't stand bugs, especially bees and other big flying insects. Rodents aren't too bad, depends on the condition. Like field mice invading my house? No.... But hamsters, gerbils, Guinea
    Pigs...I can handle. Your 11 year old is waaaay braver than me!

  • New Holland Jul 24, 2014
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    better get used to it then

  • Wheelman Jul 24, 2014

    I think snakes give most of us the jitters or worse! Even the non-venomous ones. Remember to watch handling those reptiles as well. Some can give nasty bites and can carry some pretty nasty germs as well. Wash hands well before and after touching.

  • JAT Jul 24, 2014

    The only good snake is a dead snake.

  • jmac1977 Jul 24, 2014

    Science is on your side. http://www.livescience.com/4183-fear-snakes-drove-pre-human-evolution.html