if rattlesnakes are not your thing then don't scroll down. if you love all animals, even venomous ones don't scroll down. m2 and i walked down the pier steps hand in hand, then were heading to the front of the pier where m1 was waiting to play. moments later out of the corner of my eye i saw a rattlesnake swim right past us, about ten feet away. it was heading straight for m1. "out of the water, get out of the water" i said calmly (yes, sister said i was calm but firm). m1 had actually seen it coming and was about to say something when i did. the boys ran from the other side of the pier and m1 climbed up the steps to the boat and jumped on the pier. sister said she expected to see a small black snake but was shocked to see a rattler that was about four feet long. the children started running for granddaddy to get a gun, little man and dude hopped in the john boat and tracked it out in the lake. they smartly returned when the snake coiled and rattled it's tail. honestly, we were not nervous about them being the ones following... we know they have a respect for nature and the fact that were are in their territory. (we have also spotted bears within two miles of the house and before school got out the neighbors said that one day a bear walked by their house, played in the lake for a while and then walked back into the woods). granddaddy and sister headed out on the jet ski and granddaddy was the hero when he whacked the snake as it was about to strike.