It's that time of year when one must be a little careful while watering plants in the garden. I came very close to stepping on this Black Kingsnake while tending to my Coneflowers the other day.This was not a very big Kingsnake as Kingsnakes go but no matter what size, they are all very welcome in my yard. As a matter of fact I was overjoyed to see him. Black Kingsnakes are resistant to Pit-Viper venom and they "readily eat Copperheads, Cottonmouths, and Rattlesnakes." They are also aggressive but easily tamed..hummm... Now my other favorite snake is this Worm Snake. I cannot seem to dig a hole for a plant without running into this fellow.They eat earthworms, which is what one needs in the garden, but if these guys are aerating the soil I guess we'll keep them around too. Morgan was more than happy to model this fellow for the camera. She noted the point at the end of its tail and although they are know to be harmless they may push this point against the captor.
No one was hurt or poked during the filming of this post!