Saturday, July 18, 2009

Don't Worry: You Just Aren't My Type

This morning we planted four types of cucumbers and some dill.

Pulling weeds in the garden this afternoon, I dislodged this Checkered Garter Snake, Thamnophis marcianus. We love diversity. This is a new addition to our species list. It was eating a small toad or spider when I ran for the camera.

For those of you afraid of snakes, there are a couple of comforting things you should know:

1. Snakes desire only two things in life--eating and mating--and you aren't appropriate for either.
2. You can outrun any snake.

During times of drought, they will come out after a rain to find something to eat. We got a little rain yesterday, which was refreshing. The evening air smelled earthy and complex, like patchouli. The sky is grumbling like it wants to rain again. Let's keep our fingers crossed!


Martha said...

We have alot of rattlesnakes in our area, I don't fear them, respect is more like it.

Dana and Daisy said...

sheesh! next time a warning! they scare me eve on a computer screen.

JennyMac said...

Love your great advice...and I certainly could outrun a snake but instead choose to yelp when I see one like I am a 5 year old.

EarthNSky said...

That is the cutest little bugger. I probably would have missed him-he's so small! I'm not sure we have those here. Would you believe of all the snakes on this place, I've never seen a garter snake of any variety?
Anyway, great shots, and even better if you saw him eating.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

I love the way you described the evening air; patchouli and earth are two of my favorite scents!
I am deathly afraid of snakes. I just keep repeating "only the triangular headed are poison", but they ALL frighten me! Luckily we live 3 blocks from a lake, so they stay there in there territory (mostly) and I stay here in mine.

Blog Widget by LinkWithin