Monday, May 11, 2009

This one's for my sister

Around our house when any of us run into the house yelling enthusiastically for everyone to "come see", it's generally a creature of some kind. Yesterday, Jay came upon a large black snake sunning itself on the driveway. As we're all responding to Jay's calls, the snake was headed for the trees next to the garage. We're all looking round the base of the trees when all of a sudden we see its head sticking out of the branches about 5' up.

The snake stuck around for at least 15-20 minutes checking us out. Although the pictures wouldn't turn out, you could see its body on the other side of the tree along the trunk.

As a child, a snake sighting meant a rush for a shovel or hoe and the subsequent horror show as my Mom or Dad chopped up the offensive reptile, no matter how small or what kind of snake it was. To this day, my younger sister is terrified of snakes. It's no wonder. This guy was pretty cool though.


  1. Our snake colony has been pretty quite so far this season. We've only had one sighting, and a couple of times have heard them in the attic. I guess they're waiting for the grass to be mowed too.

  2. The sister says...May 11, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Oh (insert multiple blasphemous phrases here)!!! I live so far away, and I still want to run. Thanks, a blog post just for me. And I'd already posted on your other snake picture. And then dear Sarah posts about snakes in her ATTIC!?! But seriously, I have the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.

    5' up, huh? That's just about high enough to strike and bite you in the eye. No freakin' way. If I think they're scary down on the ground, I'd lose my mind looking one in the eye.

    I'm going to go kiss the Colorado ground that thankfully does not support very many snakes...just a few and only when I say these words "Geez, it's been a while since I've seen a snake around here".