"almost" applied (only) to horse-shoes and hand-grenades.
Nice snake, however !!
I heard of "look before you leap". Though I spent some time in Africa and cracks made me wary.
Cracks make me wary in Arizona, too !
I reckon ... I'll spit in my shoe.
"Snake" is probably the understatement of the century when it comes to that guy. He could have put a serious hurt on you! Glad you got the picture without the bite.