Mags: "What? Why? We haven't been out that long and I'm not even that dirty yet."
Mags and I were cleaning up our ponds the other day. After the fall and winter seasons they were in pretty rough shape. We decided a little TLC was in order. We got dressed and headed outside to conquer the leaves, the ponds and our little garden. (Those poor, innocent plants.) We grabbed our gardening tools, a rake and the nets for our heads to keep the swarms of gnats out of our eyes and nose.
As I rearranged the large rock borders, Mags was happily scooping up leaves and counting tadpoles from the pond. A woodpecker was busy on a nearby tree as I lifted one of the rocks. That's when I saw it. At first I thought it was some black hose from the pond's filter. But then...it moved. And I gasped...and silently screamed. The yellow ring near the top of it's head stuck out to me as it slithered away most likely ticked that I disturbed his slumber. I wasn't sticking around to find out just how ticked. Begrudgingly, Mags went inside. I made it worth her while with a popsicle and Play-Doh.
I took a moment to look up the snake I had just seen. This is what I found...
After I called the moving company, I texted Michele from ODNT.
Then I sent her the information I found on the snake.
She was quick to sum it up for me...
After I told her there was NO WAY I was going back out there and I'd send Chris once he got home, she saw the silver lining....
YES! I can take care of Father's Day and the venomous snake
all at the same time. Two birds...one stone.
Now, who knows where I can get a Mongoose around here?
|Photo Credit: Rikki Tikki Tave|