Yesterday, while standing in the kitchen getting ready to cook dinner, hubby walked up to the sink to wash his hands. A minute later, I noticed him straining to see something out the kitchen window. Finally, he said, “Is that a snake I see out there or a stick on the ground?” Straining to see past the deck railing, I replied, “It’s probably a limb that fell on the ground from the strong breezes we had yesterday.” It wasn’t moving.
I call my husband Eagle-eyes. He can see so much better than I can and I’m the one with corrective lenses. Finally he said, “Well, I think it’s a snake. You wanna go check it out with me?” So out we go, and sure enough, old Eagle-eyes had spotted a 2 1/2 foot long black rat snake (or chicken snake as we call them here in the south). He wasn’t the least bit bothered by us and didn’t move.
I had trouble getting a good picture of him as the camera wanted to focus on the grass instead. As you can see, the ground is very dry here and the moles are doing a number on our yard. I informed, “Did you know rat snakes will also eat moles?” Hubby raised his eyebrows and said, “Well, he can have at ’em then!” We walked back inside to cook dinner and a few minutes later, watched as Mr. Rat snake slithered away from our view from the kitchen window.