Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - That's not a stick! (Brown Snake)





On my way to pick my daughter up at the school bus stop on Monday I almost stepped on this little snake. It made me jump because it looked like a stick in the road at first but then started wiggling. I quickly ran back to the house to grab the camera and snapped a couple shots. I'm pretty sure the species is Brown Snake (DeKay's Snake).

According to an article on the Milwaukee Public Museum website, "Brown snakes are often seen crossing roads as they migrate to or from their winter dens in May and October. They live in surface litter and under rubbish, stones and logs."

The snake was still there after I picked my daughter up. My daughter kept her distance, but she wasn't too afraid considering the small size of the snake (they only grow 9-13 inches long). A year ago we found a snakeskin in our yard by the kids swing set. Now we have a good idea what kind of snake most likely left it there for us to find.

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22 comments:

Bina said...

Whoops!!! Glad you figured it out before it was too late!! :)
Thanks for stopping by my pad...
Bina

Jenny said...

He's cute! We get a few snakes around here too. Once there was a copperhead in my garage! Thank goodness it was just a baby, because if it were any bigger I might have passed out!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Wow! I don't think I ever saw a snake in Wisconsin! But I sure do miss seeing those red-wing blackbirds!

Honey Mommy said...

OOoh. I don't like snakes... but I bet my boys would think it was fascinating!

Staci said...

AHHHHHH! That gives me the heebie jeebies just looking at the picture! I would have went RUNNING if I saw it in real life!!

shopannies said...

wow I hate snakes but nearly every year we find at least one in our yard

Mayhem and Moxie said...

Such a technical name...Brown Snake. I am just amazed that you were able to snap this picture!

-Francesca

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

We find snakes about that size around here too, though not that variety and they always make me jump! Glad for both of you that you didn't step on it :)

Mariana @ Riding With No Hands said...

I had a snake about that size when I was in high school. I don't remember what kind it was, but it loved resting on my shoulder, curled around my neck. I remember how it grossed my mom out, but I LOVED it!