and the snake incident reminded me of a story:
time in Iraq, when spring sprung, there were camel spiders all over the
place, as that's hatching season. Small, but EVERYWHERE.
if one happened to scuttle into your shadow, it wanted to stay there
out of the sun. And when you moved, sometimes they'd chase the shade.
Which led to a guy with, let us say, a dislike of spiders, seeing one,
taking another step, loudly announcing "It's following me!" and shooting
it(yep, three-round burst from a M4). After which, as some of the
parts were still twitching, he then stated "IT'S STILL ALIVE!", which
was followed by "Dude, it's DEAD, that's just twitching, knock it off!"
When son called home a short time later and told me about it, I said he should've told the guy that
the ones that kept moving after you shot them were the zombie camel
spiders. Daughter heard that: "Oh, yeah, a nervous guy with an
automatic weapon sitting up waiting on zombie spiders, whatever
could go wrong?"