Tuesday, April 23, 2013
This is a garter snake about 18 inches long.
Blue [the cat] found it and brought it up to the yard. This is something he does a few times a year - out of boredom, I think.
He plays with it and then brings it to show me. I take pictures and then take it away from him.
We had noticed him playing with this one while we were at breakfast and then I forgot about it until he came flying across the yard with his tail in a bunch, twitching and jumping like he had lost his mind.
I'm thinking the snake bit him in the butt. And I can't say that I blame it.
So I dropped everything and ran down to where we had seen him with it to make sure it wasn't poisonous and there we found this cutie. In perfect condition, though not thrilled with the rake. I liked the orange on this guy. Mostly they're just brown and beige.
Notice the color of the underside. Notice the light stripe down the center of his back. Notice the dark pattern on his sides. All very typical of garter snakes.