With seasons about to shift, there’s more than allergies and time changes to be aware of. The State reports if you smell cucumber in your North Carolina garbage it might be cause for concern. Apparently, copperheads and other venomous snakes that make their home here allegedly smell like cucumber when they’re angry. Folk wisdom warns those doing yard work, smelling a fresh salad might indicate striking distance from a copperhead. However, some debunk this theory as misleading. When snakes feel threatened, they emit a musk as a defense. Of course, it smells different depending on the person. So, it’s best to not rely on a cucumber smell to alert you to a venomous snake. And, according to NCWildlife.org, North Carolina is home to 37 known species of snakes. They point to six that are venomous. Those species include Eastern Coral Snake, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Pigmy Rattlesnake, Timber Rattlesnake, Cottonmouth and Copperhead.
While they all can emit the musky defense odor, the cucumber scent is often reported concerning the Copperhead. Regardless, as temps start rising, animals come out of hibernation. And, we find ourselves out doing yard work and playing more. So, just keep a watchful eye on pets, yourselves and children. Although, don’t rely on the smell of cucumber in your garbage or yard to protect you. It’s just one more possible helpful alert according to some. But, again, although maybe not all out false, it is misleading. I’m not trying to give all snakes a bad name whatsoever. I’m told there are good snakes. I take your word for it since I know that’s true. But, I’ll keep my distance!