This is snake country. We only have one really poisonous snake here. That's the Rattlesnake. We have lots of them, but we also have the gopher snake that, at a distance, can look much like a Rattler.
So my next move was one of caution.
There are very distinct differences which are really good to know wherever you live.
Here they are...
"Hello there, snake."
No snake every looks really friendly. From their biblical reputation, most folks think that this is a sly, conniving and dangerous dark angel, that would offer you an apple and change your life forever. But it's not.
It's one of the most interesting reptiles that we have around here and I have gotten use to living in their world.
This one seemed a little non- responsive, but I think it was either sunning itself (you know how you feel after lying in the sun on the beach? Warm, sleepy...) or it just came out of its hole from hibernated all winter. Either way, it seemed all right with me taking its picture and I was able to get some great shots. It didn't move... except for its black tongue, which was moving back and forth. It knew that something was there and this "something" was about to be a problem.
I finished with the "photo shoot" and reached down to touch its tail. I gently encouraged the snake to get off the road and be safe. While it didn't appear to mind me being there, it did not like being touched. That was a no-no.
It turned around, started shaking its tail like it was a big, mean Rattler and moved away from me, into the grass.
Snakes really can see.( I looked this up.) It's a misconception that snakes cannot see. They can, but they are very near sighted and they have trouble seeing things that aren't moving. Snakes have cones in their retinas which perceives color in hues and shades. He knew I was there by my actions and possibly, my plaid shirt. Whatever it was that wasn't letting this snake back onto the warm tarmac was getting on its last nerve and I guess that I had exceeded the bounds of what the snake was going to tolerate.
In the photo above.... Can you see the hole in the upper right corner? Well, this snake saw an out. This snake was tired of playing checkers with me and it moved like greased lightening into that hole. I mean that snake moved so fast that I almost didn't get this photo below. He was ~Gone in Sixty Seconds~ ( even less..). Nicolas Cage would have been amazed.
I love the way my camera caught the speed of the snake moving into that hole. You can't even see the diamond pattern on its skin as it made its move. I love this camera. I love this environment.
So, I looked down the hole and didn't even see a tail. I got back into the car and drove into town. On my way back home, I looked for the snake, but there was no snake anywhere near the previous point of encounter. Guess it decided to find a more hospitable place to catch the sun.
Today it's overcast and much cooler. I suspect that the snakes stay underground on days like this... but you never know. You always keep an eye out for them around here. I thought about it when I went out to feed the chickens this morning. You never reach into the egg boxes without looking first. Snakes LOVE eggs.
Well, now that I have given you all the heebe geebe's... Have a nice day.