Saturday, June 27, 2009

Snake Skin

While working in the pasture a couple of days ago, I found a recently-shed snake skin. It was entirely intact, a perfect specimen. I thought it was so beautiful I just had to photograph it. Moments later, the neighbor's daughter, who'd been working in the pasture with me, found the actual snake. We know it's the same garter snake, because the snake skin had a wound that corresponded with the wound on the snake.

This was a big dude, over 2 feet long. When Zoey held up the snake for me to admire, I discovered the wound on its belly. He was a very handsome fellow. As Zoey held him, he flickered his red tongue at me. We carefully returned him to the pasture and wished him godspeed.


NinaP said...

Oh good lord, I hate snakes. We got off to a bad start, you see. Right before I ate that apple. :-)

News From the Holmestead said...

I rather like snakes, Nina. But I understand your aversion, based on your "getting off to a bad start." Hee hee!