Snake Surprise

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Western North Carolina is rife with snakes.  I’ve had several encounters since we moved here two years ago.  One is a 8-10 foot black snake that moves slowly and doesn’t seem to mind my presence or my digging.  He, or she, lives in my side yard. A month or so ago I had a surprise encounter with a striped snake that looked very much like a rattler.  There are rattlers here, but they are supposed to be elusive, and this one was anything but.  So he met a quick demise.

Last week I was putting down some fall 10-10-10 on my bushes – a little snack before they stop growing for the season.  Three of my lilac bushes were so expensive I pampered them with those round blankets that keep them moist and inhibit weeds from competing for nutrients, as well as protecting them from a potential mowing mistake while they are getting established.  I lifted one of these blankets and to my surprise, as well as theirs, I found a nest of baby snakes.  They were curled up around one another and seemed not to be too disturbed by the sudden sunlight.  But by the time I got back with my camera, only one decided to stay and I got this picture.

The picture doesn’t show that this snake has a black head and reddish body with a line down its back.  Hard as I tried, I could not identify them, but since most snakes are territorial, I imagine we’ll meet again next spring.


About Patsye

I am an older woman and artist. I love to craft. I love to sew and knit and crochet and needlepoint. I love to paint and draw and make art with my hands. Being creative is what gets me up in the morning. Art is my tea, my fresh air, my good book, and my cats all rolled into one. I have much to share and hope you'll visit often.
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