Yesterday I was doing some yard clean-up and thought I saw a "fake" snake lying in my front yard. I figured one of the neighborhood kids threw it over on Halloween night. Imagine my surprise when I stooped down to pick it up and realized it was not fake at all but rather a very real (and very dead) garter snake!
If any of my neighbors saw me at that moment, they must have chuckled because I'm sure I jumped pretty high upwards and backwards!
After I recovered from the surprise of it all, I felt bad that he wasn't alive anymore. Although snakes startle me, I really don't mind having them in the garden because they are so beneficial. The only exception would be a rattle snake ~ I would NOT want to see one of those! This guy looked like he had been eating pretty well ~ probably lots of grasshoppers that were so plentiful this year? I estimated he was about two foot long which my yardstick confirmed (and then some):
I'm not sure what took him out ~ it looked like he had a vise around his neck:
He's compost now ~ I buried him in my garden bed ~ but I hope to not make anymore surprise discoveries like him for a while!