Huh. Who knew?
“While cleaning up, she saw a snake, threw gasoline on the snake, lit the snake on fire,” Bowie County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Randall Baggett told the station. “The snake went into the brush pile, and the brush pile caught the home on fire.”
Oddly enough, a local fire department official says the incident isn’t as unique as one might think.
“Yes, it could happen with rabbits and big field mice,” Liberty Eylau Fire Chief David Wesslehoft told the station. “Once they start burning the grass, they get out of their hole. They have been known to catch fire and then take off.”
I think MTV has its next reality series.
Lighting animals on fire to exterminate them is never a good idea, for the animal or for the exterminator.
When I was a kid a friend of mine decided to torture a neighborhood cat that was hanging around his yard by dousing its tail with gas and lighting it on fire. The cat headed for the nearest sanctuary, which happened to be his dad’s barn. The volunteer fire department got there in time to save the foundation and the well. Loose hay, dried pine boards and a flaming cat don’t mix well.
It has been burned(heh) into my mind by all of the older men in my life. When one is burning a field or brush pile, one needs to have enough folks with shotguns surrounding the burn area. A burning critter will run to safety and ignite anything along the way in an old hayfield. Once fire gets into a swamp bad things really start.
Note to Self: Lighting snakes on fire worked well in Indiana Jones movies, but does not work the same in real life. Do not poor gasoline on snake and light it on fire.