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20 May 2003 @ 12:12 pm
encounters with wildlife  
So I'm down in the basement doing my laundry, and Leonard is abusing a couple of plastic bags in the corner. He's awfully interested in them for plastic bags, even if they are crinkly, so I go over to see if he's cornered a mouse. He's hissing at the bags, how odd. Pick one up, see a flash of brown, a twining movement and oh... that wasn't HIM hissing.

It was all sleepy because the basement is cold, so I decanted the snake safely into a plastic container. As soon as I've id'ed him and taken a picture, I'll let him go, but right now he's sitting pushed up against the side of the plastic, watching my hands alertly. When I lean in to look at him, he turns to look at that instead; smarter than your average mouse!

Something I guess I knew, but never thought about; snakes breathe. I just didn't realize they did it so visibly. It's fabulous watching this little heap of snake expand and shrink.
 
 
 
Flitterbyflit on May 24th, 2003 02:16 pm (UTC)
Did you ever figure out what kind of snake it is?

I know some of the local varieties and might be able to get it from a description. If it's mottled brown and not too big, maybe it's a gopher snake. Mottled browny-red would be a terrestrial garter snake, but they're fairly rare.
Lauratavella on June 7th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC)
I think it's a glossy snake -- I have pictures, I just need to put them up.