Thursday, August 20, 2009

A not so tiny guest!

Yesterday I saw something a little suspicious in the yard. Was it a stealthy submarine periscope? Nope, it was a Black Snake sneakily heading my way.Every now and then he would pop up to make sure he was heading in the right direction... ...and looked around to make sure there were no dogs in the area. I was taking pictures from my kitchen window, which was a nice distance away.When I went outside he knew I was there and would hide...but kept and eagle-eye on me. No weeding the garden today! I'm back inside now taking pictures through the widow AND porch railing.He's eyeing the house now! Looking both ways before crossing! "Wait a minute...should I go?" "Yep!"
I think he spent the rest of his day under the porch...I hope my "tiny" guest from the other day stays on his webbed "toes", or he may be lunch!
What I understand is that Black Snakes are very beneficial so he is welcome to stick around.
Please click on my title to see why you should be happy to have a Black Snake around.

18 comments:

Yvonne aka Country Gardener said...

Very scary looking, so I'm glad you posted the link to show its beneficial side. I'll bet there are more snakes in the south.

Eve said...

You bet Yvonne! I've already seen my first Rattle snake! I'd much rather see this one!

Carolynn said...

That's hilarious. Up periscope!

Steve B said...

Cool. I did click on the title. Wow, I didn't know that!

dog trot farm said...

Oh my goodness, I am going to invest in combat gear when Icome for a visit. What would Daisy or Olie do if they caught sight of him?

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Snakes rock, Eve! Great photojournalism piece, dearie. Snakes are safe in my yard as well.

Maria said...

Often heard if you keep non poisonous snakes around you won't have poisonous ones. We've happily coincided with our black snakes, hog nose, corn snakes etc for 23 years & no poisonous ones come around.
thanks for the link to the pics, that explains the old saying.

Jenny said...

WOW! I love the way you plotted it's course towards you with photos (from a distance) (-:
I too clicked on your title. My goodness that Black Snake must've had terrible indigestion afterwards! Amazing!

Tina said...

That's one big black snake!! Yikes..under your porch huh? Are you sure??
Did I mention he looks kinda big!?

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh my! Really? We've both had our share of snake experiences this year, haven't we? But one who lifts his head to peer around as he crosses the yard? Wow!

A New England Life said...

You know what they say Eve...

the good guys dress in black, remember that in case we're ever face to face or make contact

hee hee ... glad it's a good guy!

Leedra said...

Glad you knew not to kill it, but still not sure what I think about it under the porch.

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Eve said...

Glad you all enjoyed this guy!

Danni...I bet your snake looked both ways before he ended up in your kitchen...you just weren't there to photograph it!

Julie bring your gear but after a while you get used to it!
I know Daisy Lu jumped on my lap when she spied under the porch. She knows better, but I doubt Ole would know enough to leave him alone.

Tina...he was big!

Jenny...it looked like the rattle was still going right before it was gone! Yikes!

By the way these snakes shake the tip of their tail just like a rattler. They don't make noise but my husband said when they are in the dry leaves, it sounds just like a rattler. Smart snake. This is the second one I ran into...probably the same one...and they are not docile when challenged. I didn't get too close but he let me know the first time we met he would put up a fight if needed.

Karen Gifford said...

Oh Dear God!!!!

farmlady said...

Clicked on your title and saw the amazing pictures. Very cool!
Here in California we have a similar snake, called a King Snake. We had one in our yard at the beginning of the summer and, even though we haven't seen it since, we have had NO Rattlers this summer. Usually we have 5 or 6. These are GOOD snakes. Thank you for letting folks know this. Maybe they won't be as afraid of them with this kind of information.

I found you from Danni's blog. I'll be back.

Rural Rambler said...

Great series of photos Eve. I thought I was pretty brave about snakes until a Black Snake decided to make himself all comfy in the rocks along our drive. Right where I carried the groceries in the house. I don't know. I know they are good guys but they just creep me out. I can take the little ones but your size, no no no no. I try not to even think about all the snakes out and about even though all their shedded out old skins are laying all over-creepy! Yikes. We leave them be and let them enjoy their little bit of country :) The third and fourth photos-Wow.

Roy said...

Hey Evie, I cant imagine how any snake cold be beneficial. (Unless it was a dead one of course)

Daniel Spurgeon said...

Hi Eve, great series of shots on the Black Racer. It is cool seeing them travel through taller grass than your well manicured yard. They have to raise their head up even higher to peer over the tall grass and they look like they are in a Cobra stance!

My 9 year old daughter Haley caught a Copperhead in the pool on Wednesday night last week. While I was gone. The rule around our house is "don't touch snakes without having Dad (me) identify it first." She didn't follow that rule. Thankfully she didn't catch it with her hands- but captured it in two buckets. It was about a 1.5 foot Copperhead. I'll blog about it when I can find some time- I have been really busy lately.

I camped out with some friends at Desoto State Park over the weekend. So we were over in your neck of the woods- truly a lovely area of the United States there in the Sand Mountain region! We had a great time! I am going to be blogging about that too, of course. :)