Backyard Visitor

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.


About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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7 Responses to Backyard Visitor

  1. Oh my! He looks big! Your husband DOES have eagle eyes! I’m not afraid of snakes, but I really wish they weren’t SO silent. I hate the surprise aspect of them. I’d be happy to send you some of the rain we’ve been getting here in OK. Maybe if I point in your direction (Georgia, right?) and say “Go to Gail’s house!” lol!

    • Gail says:

      It seems to be all or nothing here with the rain. I think it rained EVERY day here in February and most of Tennessee got record amounts of rain. Nashville alone got 13.47 inches of rain in February! Tons of flooding. Now we could use a little rain.

      • Oh! I’m sorry Gail! You live in TN. I was thinking it was Georgia. That is a LOT of rain, and so early in the year! Is that your rainy season?

      • Gail says:

        That’s quite all right! No, that’s not our rainy season. I think April and May are when we get most of our rain in Tennessee.

  2. Shelley says:

    Yikes – way to brave the elements to get some photos ;-)! Snakes are not my favorite things to see, but they are interesting to watch.

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