The Trouble With Jake (The Farting Snake!)
A cute story about a rattlesnake with the worst kind of disability- he has no rattles! One day out on a trail, he and some other youngsters are confronted with a cow stampede. With no way to get out of their way and no rattle to warn the cows, Jake comes up with a unique solution to his problem- he accidentally farts! The noise scares the cows away and Jake is the big hero! More
Jake is a rattlesnake with a grave disability- born without a rattle! After all, the name rattlesnake says it all! Poor Jake has to endure teasing from his friends when he attends “Rattlesnake School” to learn the ways of being a rattlesnake. Upon arrival, poor Jake is even more depressed to find out that the mean old Rattlesnake School Drill Sergeant has kicked him out for not having a rattle!
Despondent, he slithers home where his mother comforts him. She even opens up and shows him that, she too, was once considered “abnormal” due to the fact that she had only one fang! Jake goes back to school with confidence and succeeds in answering one of the toughest questions posed to the students- what makes rattlesnakes so special? Jake comes up with the correct answer and is deemed a hero for the day! However, upon graduation Jake realizes he’s still an outcast in the reptile society due to his physical “disability.”
He grows up in the world of the desert and runs into some unexpected conundrums; namely, not getting squished by the bigger animals tromping through the undergrowth. One day, when Jake was out on a trail passing up other, younger snakes out looking for food, they are caught in the worst kind of predicament- a cattle stampede! Not being able to rattle his tail and scare the herd away like a regular rattlesnake, Jake tries his best to jump up high and yell at the top of his lungs to get their attention and divert the herd. However, being low to the ground, as he gulps in a big breath of air to make his yell heard, he sucks in some bugs and gunk. This, in turn, agitates his tummy and, at the last second, he jumps up to scream but instead emits a loud fart!!
This bit of bad air and the loud noise scares the cow herd into stopping moments before trampling the snakes. Jake is deemed a hero of the animal world and his mother is so proud of him as he has overcome one of the worst disabilities a rattlesnake could have. He then realizes that it’s not what you don’t have in life, but what you do have! And in Jake’s case, it’s just a bad case of gas....
But, hey, whatever works!