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!

5 comments:

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.

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