Tuesday, July 05, 2005

A Snake in the Grass?

This snake was about 3 feet long, I think. I found it under the apple tree in our yard in the middle of the afternoon. I have seen it before underwater in the creek. I'm pretty sure it's a Northern Water Snake, which, according to my Google search, can be aggressive. I hope it doesn't bite us when we are swimming.

I tried to talk to it and ask it to find someplace else to live, but it seemed to say that it had as much right to be there as we did. It also said that I should chill out, because it wasn't aggressive. It seemed pretty peaceful and it stood still while we examined it and took it's picture. I got the impression that it was a female, and felt that it had found a good place to live and hunt. It certainly looks healthy!

I saw it's head sticking up later on under the woodpile. I also saw a large garter snake over there that had red on the sides.

Even though it is always a little disconcerting to see a snake, it also makes me feel as though we must have a healthy ecosystem going here, which gives me a good feeling.

Plus, we all need a little bit of the wild around at times, to keep us on our toes. :-)


Blogger mireille said...

I love the idea of your talk together ... and that the snake was assertive, if not aggressive. xoxoxoxo

5:40 PM  
Blogger Jonniker said...

I love that the snake told you to back off, politely, LOL! I love it. And I love how you talk to nature and seem to just GET it.

I'm anxious to hear how your apple tree is doing. How is it doing?

7:06 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Not only can you change your luck (from stuck in an airport to home sweet home) but you can talk to snakes! And better yet, you can listen to a gentle message from a not so gentle looking creature. Real listening is quite an art, huh?

7:24 AM  
Blogger katiedid said...

Regular snakes are icky enough, but I can deal. Water snakes? FREAK me right the hell out. I turn into a shrieking ninny anytime I spot one.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

M- xoxoxoxo

J- Apple tree was defoliated by the agent orange known as "caterpillars". They are gone now (prob getting ready for next years assault) and the tree is growing new leaves. I need a strategy if the caterpillars come back next year: dormant oil? BT? Sticky traps? We shall see...

T: Hi! Glad to see you here! :-)

K: Yeah, they scare me too when they are int he water. They move so fast and effortlessly in the water, it's creepy. But this snake seems to be giving me a message of: "don't fuck with me and I won't fuck with you", which is pretty reasonable, when you think about it. :-)

7:38 AM  
Blogger Tania said...

Eeeeeeee! Snaaaaaaaake!

Remind me to blog about the time we had to call the fireman across the street to get a rattler as thick as my thigh out of our garage. (shudder)

8:37 AM  
Blogger glamkitty99 said...

Snakes are good. We love them. Did you know that I used to live with a snake Ms. Catbird? His name was Mr. Fluffy. He was "rescued" from a pet store by an very attentive shopper and given to my friend and roomie as a "Please don't be mad at me anymore" plea present. Mr. Fluffy never lived in the wild which was fortunate for him because he was so fat and lazy. My friend had to buy dead mice and put them in his tank because he flatly refused to uncoil himself and go after a moving target. (The tank was a very large by the way--a converted TV cabinet) When it was time for him to eat, my friend would have to push the mouse with a pencil! On a good day, Mr. Fluffy moved just enough to gulp it on down. On a bad day, Mr. Fluffy did not touch the mouse at all.

9:19 AM  
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9:19 AM  
Blogger Atreau said...

We've got lots of rattle snakes out here. Never had to encounter one, it's all word of mouth but word is they aren't very polite. At least they give you warning before they strike.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Bubbles said...

Wow! How cooool. Just think of all the bugs and other "undesirables" that snake is eating to improve your ecosystem and safeguard your garden! We are friends of the snake people!

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DH thinks it looks like a big ol peaceful corn snake. What does he know? EEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!


2:12 PM  

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