Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Look What I Found....

Long time readers of this blog already know how much I hate snakes. I mean really hate snakes. So imagine my surprise when I happened to notice something slithering along in the garden the other day. I'd say it was a little more than three feet long, and actually quite beautiful. Oh but wait I hate snakes, that's right. So I realized how gross it was. I watched it slither along--rather quickly I might add. Unfortunately I didn't have a parseltongue translator in the neighborhood. There is never a parselmouth around when you need one. Needless to say I set my mind to chop it's head off. However after I recorded this short video below, I ran to get a shovel, and he disappeared. (yikes) Hopefully down the street.

PS- later I looked online and discovered this snake is a Red Racer, or 'Coluber flagellum piceus' which is fairly harmless to humans. Non-venomous, eats bugs, rodents, etc. So I suppose its OK. As long as our paths don't ever cross again.


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

it sure looks like a desert snake. i have a friend that has a snake and i touched it once. it was nothing like i thought it would be. but i don't want to do it again!

smiles, bee

Jeni said...

Rick! I'm with you 200 percent on the dislike (and fear) of snakes and I don't give a rat's rear end either if it is a poisonous one or a non-venom bearer either! A snake is a snake is a snake and I don't like any of 'em! However, I learned last year that in Pennsylvania anyway, it is illegal to kill black snakes as well as Rattlers! This, after my son and his girlfriend found -and killed -not one, but two black snakes within a period of about 2 hours, in their bathroom, no less! Still gives me a case of the heebie-jeebies just seeing your picture of the snake in your garden and also, remembering those two snakes in my son's house too! ARRGH!

grace said...

my apologies, I like snakes, I have had many snakes as pets in my life.
This one you found is beautiful, has patterns like a Rattler. Happy it was just a Red Racer. No harm to Sheldon and Duncan. Glad he found his way to wherever, other than your yard!


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