My son is a lot like me and hates to wear shoes. However , he ran in today with panic in his voice and fear in his eyes. He'd stepped on a scorpion and had been stung. After being reassured that it wasn't poisonous and he would indeed live, he was good to go. He took a motrin and went on about his day barefoot of course.
We cleaned out our shed last week and spotted what we now know to be a water moccasin. My son shot at it but missed, the gun jammed and got away!!
Also after cutting the yard, we discovered the nest of cottontail rabbits. There were 3 babies, but we were only able to grab 2 and later released them back into the wild.
Yep, country life. I'd trade those two yucky critters any day.