So we trekked out there for a morning surprise.
The snake was a smartie.
He made like a banana..
But we found a big cool mama wolf spider guarding her egg sack.
I told the kids that there WAS a snake.
Well, now I was committed to finding a snake.
So we chatted about habitats.
We searched in areas that a snake might find homey.
Well, we dumped over a rat trap box in the tall weedy spot and low and behold, a common garter snake appeared.
E said " Crikey!" like 5 times.
I miss Steve Irwin.
So we played with the snake for about 5 minutes and then released it.
We went on with our day.
It included violin, swimming and shopping.
When we came home, we got out of the car and out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a hawk perching on a tree close by. So I pointed it out. To our amazement, it flew off and grasped in it's talons, a big dead snake! (That image at the top plus the yellow ringed snake are taken off google, just so you know.)
This led to a discussion of the food cycle.
So we decided to see if the black snake that A spotted had returned. We turned over the wood and there was a snake that I had never seen before.
So the kids wanted to hold it. I know of only two snakes in CT that are Venomous. This clearly was not one of them. But we talked about the need of proper ID'ing a snake before touching. So we went back in and googled.
It was a yellow ringed black snake.
This is a great CT snake website, by the way!
I went back out with the camera and kids and we turned over our plywood.
Another snake who was making like a banana.
We searched around in various close by snake habitat places.
Oh well! We saw plenty of snakes and learned a lot about snakes yesterday.
Just cause it happened like that.
I love opportunity.-K