Squiggly friend

Look at my new squiggly friend! I met him in the garden this afternoon.

Isn't he pretty? I think he's a garter snake.
Isn’t he pretty? I think he’s a garter snake. He’s about two feet long and about as big around as a penny.
I love his little red tongue.
I love his little red tongue.
I hope he likes slugs. I could use some help reducing the slug population.
I hope he likes slugs. I could use some help reducing the slug population.

I would like the record to show that I was a very good girl and did not try to pick up my slithery new friend or pet him, even though I really, really wanted to.

I showed my pictures to people at work today, but nobody there likes snakes. I don’t know why. I think he’s cute. I like his racing stripes and his pretty brown eyes and his flickery little tongue. I was pretty excited to find him in the garden, partly because I’ve never seen a snake in my yard before and partly because cold-blooded animals are a sure sign of spring.

Emily

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2 thoughts on “Squiggly friend”

  1. They’re closing Snake Road in LaRue Pine Hills on the 15th. Given the warm weather we’ve had, I’m surprised they haven’t done it already.

    1. I was probably unduly excited about this critter, considering garter snakes are extremely common, but the only other time I’ve ever seen a snake in the wild was when we came across a gopher snake sunning itself on La Bajada Hill in New Mexico, so this was pretty cool.

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