Snakes! Why Did It Have To Be Snakes…

I like snakes so much that I was pretty excited to see one in my pond area today.


I took a bunch of photos of it, a beautiful green and yellow-ish garter snake thicker than my thumb and over two feet long.

She wanted to go into the spillway.


What she did in the spillway was rather startling. So I made a video of her.

I refer to her as “her” because she is a big garter snake and I found out that larger ones tend to be female.

She spent quite a bit of time eyeing me, presumably to make sure I am safe.


Unfortunately, I also learned that she will not consume bugs as I had hoped.

Instead she will eat all the frogs, if she hasn’t already, and also the toad I placed in the area a few days ago.

Worse, she will actually get into the water and swallow Tuna and the goldfish.

And, with a snake of her size, I actually don’t even know how safe the birds are.


So I guess I can’t let her stay.

I have a lot of birds who like to play in the pond, including this dove who appeared while the snake was hanging around. She had her wings up — which I am thinking maybe is a way to make herself look bigger? Did she know the snake was there?

So I guess the snake has to go.

It kinda bums me out as she’s not very afraid of me, and it was so much fun watching her play in the spillway.

I have seen dogs do this, but never a snake.


About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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One Response to Snakes! Why Did It Have To Be Snakes…

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