Yesterday Youngest Daughter burst through the front door after her final day of the school year. I expected her to be ecstatic, but her excitement was above and beyond ‘Thank God Almighty, I’m free at last from school.’
“Guess what!” she said, “there’s a snake in the front yard!” She handed me a package and went back out to look at the snake. I threw the package aside, went outside, and sure enough, there was a snake not five feet from the front door. Also, the UPS truck was right in front of our house.
|The Common Household Snake|
This is not the first time we have spotted a snake in our yard. I think yesterday’s snake is related to the pre-prom snake of 2011. This one looks like it has graduated from college and gotten a steady job.
|Smiling for the paparazzi|
Feeling a rare mix of fear and fascination (usually it’s just fear for me), I dashed inside for the camera and dashed back outside without taking time to close the door. I hoped to get some clear photos to submit to a herpetologist for identification. Is this, perhaps, a gaboon viper? The Pennsylvania striped mamba?
Son said, “Mom, why are you leaving the door open? The snake might come inside the house.” Gaah! The snake made no move toward the house, but nevertheless, I carefully crept back to close the door. My mother has told me several stories about snakes entering people’s apartments at her retirement community in Maryland.
This snake was clearly innocent of any crime, especially compared to the Dastardly Rabbit we host in our yard. I would love to catch the snake dining on a mole.
The snake conveniently posed while I took 6 or 7 photos. Then I went back inside and picked up the package. I asked Younger Daughter, “Was this package in the mailbox, or is it from UPS?”
YD said, “I saw the UPS guy. I told him that there was a snake in the yard, and he said I could deliver the package.”
Smart UPS guy. I’ll bet dealing with people’s unleashed dogs is worse than having to walk past an unleashed snake, but still, if I were the UPS driver I too would hand the package to the small teenaged girl.
So, all you closet herpetologists out there – what kind of snake is this, and more importantly, what does it like to eat? Insects, moles, voles, rabbits, chipmunks, humans?
|About 3 or 4 feet long, wouldn't you say?|