Ozark Snotmouth

I have a strong stomach, but this week’s photo made me GAG!  Now, I’m afraid to go to sleep for fear this disgusting image has burned itself into my brain cell (singular). When I was child nightmares of snakes often plagued my sleep.  Just when I thought I’d put that chapter behind me—BAM!  Now, I have to write about it.  Oh well, my shrink says it will be good therapy.

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copyright - Madison Woods
copyright – Madison Woods

I hate snakes. All five kinds—large, small, dead, alive, and rubber.

As a farm boy, I was unfortunate enough to experience dozens of unexpected encounters with these cold-blooded vermin. From March to November they sensed my every move, engaging in a horrible conspiracy to torment and terrorize me—often generating unsightly stains in my underpants.

The most horrific of all these despicable, slimy creatures is the Ozark Snotmouth. This snake does not have fangs, but smothers its victim in a disgusting drool the consistency of rubber cement.

There is no anti-venom. The best defense is tall boots and Kleenex.


* reposted from August 2012


27 thoughts on “Ozark Snotmouth

  1. Excluding the woodsy vegetation in the background, Russell, if this same central image were put sideways on a plate with toast and next to a mimosa, it could just as well be a messy gourmet brunch to me. And on that note, I’m going to slither away and get my glasses checked.


  2. Russell, Hilarious in a sickening way. 😐 The Ozark Snotmouth must be nonexistant anywhere else and very shy with anyone but local residents, because I’ve never seen one in a zoo snakehouse. Now that you’ve written about it, you may have snake experts crowding in to find one. Madison Wooods commented in Ali’s blog that the photo was a cut grape vine. It still looks sickening. I trust you about the Ozark Snotmouth. That sounds more probable. 🙂 —Susan


  3. So funny! Just the *title* “Ozark Snotmouth” is a winner, in my book. And shoot — that snake wouldn’t have to bite OR smother me. It would just have to gag at my feet and I’d be done for. Bleagh! 😉

    Great response to the prompt! 😀


  4. You always find something crazy to write about, Russell — no matter what the prompt is. I’m with you when it comes to snakes…as far as I’m concerned, there is only one type of snake – a dead one.


  5. I didn’t think anything could be more disgusting than this picture, but then you reference the unsightly stains in your underpants! I too hate snakes, snotwise or not, as well. We can feel comfortable that we are in the heroic company of Indiana Jones who also hates snakes, except for the fact that that’s the ONLY thing we have in common with Indiana Jones. Nice use of very nauseating prompt!


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