Monday, October 04, 2010

Snakes IN MY YARD.

You'll have to excuse me for awhile, because I am now having a heart attack.

Because of what SHOWED UP IN OUR BACKYARD TODAY.

Exactly where my daughters and I had been playing and gardening IN THE GRASS FOR 90 MINUTES ONLY A HALF HOUR BEFORE.

Ready? Not for the faint of heart:

Eastern Hognose Snake

Now, keep in mind that this photo seems quite small, and yet this snake CAN GROW TO NEARLY FOUR FEET LONG. Which the one in our yard most definitely was. (This is not the one in our yard.)

Hyperventilating. OMG. OMG. OMG.

Want to know more?

"Description: Sometimes called "puff adders," eastern hognose snakes are thick-bodied snakes that reach about 46 in (115 cm) long. These snakes are easily distinguished by their upturned snouts, but they are variable in color. The eastern hognose has a background color that can be yellow, gray, brown, green or black, often patterned with large, rectangular spots down the middle of the back that may resemble eyespots. The scales of this snake are keeled and the underside of the tail is usually lighter than the rest of the venter. The females of this species have a tail that has a fine taper to the end of the tail, while the males have a slight bulge near the cloaca and the tail then tapers off drastically. When confronted, the hognose snake will suck in air; spread the skin around its head and neck (like a cobra), hiss, and lunge pretending to strike. Eventually, they will even play dead, rolling on their back and opening their mouth. Often, these displays alone are enough to identify this species. Despite this fairly convincing show, hognose snakes almost never bite."

(from the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory website)

GAH! Terrified! Nauseous. Will have nightmares tonight for sure.

Where did it go? Where does it live? Where is its nest WITH ITS 60 BABIES IT HATCHES EVERY LATE SUMMER OR EARLY AUTUMN?!?!

It is time to move.

4 comments:

Rita said...

OMG! Put a For Sale sign in your yard RIGHT THIS MINUTE!

Yes, I realize you JUST painted, and that it will suck to pack all of your belongings while also caring for two young children... but honestly, WHAT CHOICE DO YOU HAVE?

Mom said...

I think it's kinda pretty. Is Christopher home yet??

Donna said...

OMG.

I wonder if the snake relocated (either by choice or was physically moved) due to the recent storm/flood. You might want to ask around and report this to your homeowners association.

(My word verification is hystrial, which I first thought said hysterical, which is rather apt for this post. Funny!)

norm nunn said...

its harmless and it eats very toxic toads that can harm little kids, keep eye on kids because if it can be around aggressive and bad snakes can be around to.