Don’t click if you don’t like snakes.
We caught a little beauty today. At first glance from the top of my tractor mower, it appeared a rather large copperhead was on its way into the garage. Uh, not good. I quickly jumped off the tractor and headed him off — trapped underneath Scott’s car. I loudly summoned my husband outside and gathered a Rubbermaid bin, the usual jaunt for catch-and-release.
We are not snake killers, merely snake re-locators of sorts, finding them a more suitable location that’s not right up where the kids play. But this looked like a venomous snake from my viewpoint; a teammate is always welcome.
Sorry if you’re snake skiddish. I’m not as close to my specimen as it looks, the lens only a foot or so from its cute little face. Love my Olympus E-volt for close-up shots.
It’s not a venomous snake. He’s a good size, between 3 and 4 feet, but small by Texas Rat Snake standards (they grow to 10 feet or more). These are snakes we definitely want on the property, and we haven’t see one for quite some time, a couple of years at least. Good to have him making rounds — keeping the rodent and squirrel population in check — as long as he doesn’t wind up in my garage for a barefoot surprise.
It’s nice when the kiddos get a freebie chance to learn about nature close-up. We are training nature-lovers and nature-respectors — not nature-killers. After the lesson (venomous or non-venomous, respect your critters), we promptly let him go in the garden.
As far away from my mockingbird family as possible. Because this guy’s also a baby-bird eater. crossing fingers
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To view all of our lovely wildlife, these and other photos are at my Picasa Web Album Critters, which you may flip through at any time.