The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

Referring to serpents charming small animals, Mr. John B. Hudson who lives on Georges Creek in Marion County, Ark., has this to say about it.

"It is something strange how a serpent fascinates a small animal and cause it to approach it. I witnessed this one day myself on the creek just below where I live 6 ½ miles north of Yellville. I noticed a squirrel that appeared to be badly frustrated and was running up and down a tree barking and chattering. At first I did not understand what was the matter with it, but on going up near the tree where the squirrel was I seen a rattlesnake stretched on the ground at the foot of the tree. The snake was perfectly quiet and was not moving. Each time when the squirrel ran down the tree it advanced up nearer to the reptile. It repeated this a few times when it got on the ground and went right up to the reptile’s mouth, trembling and quivering all over and the rattler took hold of it with its mouth. At this I picked up a stick and killed the snake. I never touched the squirrel but by the time the snake ceased squirming the squirrel was dead, too."

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