GETTING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE -- Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~ Rachel Carson
BABY GARTER SNAKE PLAYS DEAD
I found a baby garter snake yesterday evening as I was walking from my car to my front door. It was masterfully playing dead! It was no bigger than a short, thick shoelace. I picked it up to get a closer look. It was limp and not moving, but his body felt soft and cool. I thought it had died a very short time ago. I started to photograph him so I could identify him later (I know little about snakes) and then his mouth opened! I was so glad he was alive! It kept opening and closing, but not a muscle in his whole body moved anywhere else. I could pick him up and position him anyway I wanted and he wouldn't so much as flinch. What an incredible self defense mechanism! It's funny how "baby life" of any sort can be cute. I don't normally describe a snake as cute, but this little guy was so tiny I have to admit he was pretty adorable although the pictures don't offer the size perspective to capture the cutie pie that he was.
The company I use for this website is Weebly and for some unknown reason random photos of mine appear throughout my postings unrelated to what I uploaded. If a fox appears on a blog about a moose or some other animal or photo unrelated to the blog, you'll know why! It's unfixable.