I was just having a conversation with a co-worker of mine the other day about his sense of smell.

Much like what happened to me, after COVID-19 his sense of smell is distorted or he doesn't smell anything at all.  Even on the raunchiest smells.  This can be dangerous.

Thankfully, after a year and a half of post-COVID-19, my smell, for the most part, has returned. I can smell my wife's perfume again.  Strong smells like gasoline, skunk, and cleaning products I can smell once again (There was a time when I couldn't). Even bathroom odors I smell again (That I could've lived without).

I came across an article the other day about venomous snakes and the distinctive smell they allegedly produce.

Some people I know swear by this, while others say it's a myth.

I recently wrote an article about how the range of rattlesnakes in North Dakota has expanded.

(SEE MORE: Rattlesnakes are expanding east of the Missouri River in North Dakota)

At one time, it was very rare to see a rattlesnake east of the Missouri River.  Now, it's getting more and more common.  A woman I talked to who lives south of the Fox Island boat ramp on the Bismarck side of the river had a scary encounter with a rattlesnake in her garage a few November's ago.

She was going to get some Christmas boxes when she heard a loud rattle. I've got a farmer friend who lives south of Lincoln who said his hired hand was removing hay bales not too long ago and a rattlesnake was laying under one.

As temps continue to warm, rattlesnakes become more active.

It's not uncommon for them to seek shelter in homes and garages.  That's why if you smell cucumbers in your house and nobody is making a salad, you might want to be safe and get out.  Call a professional.  According to Total Reptile, rattlesnake dens reportedly do smell like cucumbers.  The article goes on to say snakes can emit odors when they feel threatened or frightened.

Is this all an old wives' tale?  I reached out to some of my friends who live West River, and nobody seems to know.  Either way, to be safe I know what I'm doing the next time I smell cucumbers and there's not a salad in sight.  Exit stage right!

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