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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Snake Visits Again



I was heading out the front gate just as my new friend was heading toward the same gate. This time I ran back in to get my camera. The snake waited obligingly in place until I could get back outside and allowed me to take these pictures. I shot a few motion pictures as well, but until I figure out how to edit them I won't be posting those.



I hope my snake friend can help out by reducing the critter population around here. This week I was surprised on two occasions by a rat falling off the bird feeder - he was startled by my stepping out the door and lost his grip. The third time he managed to hang on as I came out and then disappeared up on the roof. Every single young vegetable plant and seedling has been chewed down to the root, perhaps by possums, but I'm not sure. This only happens while I'm sleeping. Cole, my cat, has stepped up to the plate to catch one or two a day. He brings them inside to show me. Unfortunately usually at 4:00 in the morning.

7 comments:

Patt said...

i would have sh@t a brick if i saw that on my front step...You are one tough cookie lady.

Meowart said...

A beautiful creature! He looks like the snake I saw on the trail at Culver Park a month or so ago. He was slithering over to the trash can for a mid-afternoon snack. Perhaps he hitched a ride out to your part of town, preferring nice juicy rats to leftover candy bars!

Derek said...

Glad you still have your little pet around! We have very few snakes over here, just little grass snakes.

Katherine said...

Hi Patt,

That would be my initial reaction, but now I'm used to it.

Katherine said...

Roslyn-if you see any more of these guys on the trail-send them over!

Katherine said...

Derek,

You probably don't need snakes like this. I'm guessing the Romans ate all the mice themselves so the snakes didn't have a chance to thrive! :)

Derek said...

haha! Probably! I guess it is just to cold up here for critters like you new friend to survive.

I think Mr. snakey deserves his own blog!