It's time for Tuesdays' Show & Tail'! Please visit our host, Angela, at West Virginia Treasures! If you have a cute story and picture of a pet, or any furry (or non-furry) friend, you are welcome to join in! Check her blog for the rules, post away - and thanks, Angela, for hosting a great animal lover's party!
It is spring, and time for the creepy crawlers to come out! One of the most common sights here in our Michigan woods is the Garter Snake. I'm not fond of snakes, but appreciate their beauty, from AFAR, that is!I come across these slithery friends when I least expect them - usually when I'm pulling weeds on a warm day, they will slide up rapidly from beneath one of the landscape rocks, or near our campfire pit in the yard. Very scary indeed!
When we first moved here, I was picking up rocks in our front yard and a Garter Snake zoomed up the outside of my pant-leg! It moved so fast that I caught the motion from the corner of my eye, and you can bet I was dancing for a moment, making sure it had dropped to the ground! UUUUUUKK! The thought gives me the creeps even today! Glad it didn't go INside my pant leg! That would be worse yet!!!
Once I had a chance to hold a giant snake at a pet store - it wasn't native to Michigan, I know that for sure - and it was bright yellow - about 5 ft. long. It was a "baby" snake, they said. The shop owner was taking photos of people holding it. When I picked it up, I was startled at how cool to the touch a snake's skin really is - and how I could feel the skeleton beneath that skin - I could have counted the bones, I'm sure! Pure muscle, and lovely colors and scales! A magnificent creature, but best appreciated from afar!