03 June 2021


A Speckled Racer (Drymobius margaritiferus) in south Texas.  Beautiful.  Best comment at the via: "Non venomous but it sure looks dangerous. Judging by its striking color and pattern it's likely that it evolved to camouflage itself among piles of early 90's neckties."


  1. I had an unfortunate run in with a snake today. Or I should say a snake had an unfortunate run in with my lawn mower. I didn't see it and it raised it's head up when the mower went over it. And it was just a poor little (12") garter snake. The kind you want to have around to keep the rodent population down.

    1. When I was growing up in 1950s-60s Minneapolis suburbs, garter snakes were regular features of yards and gardens. Now for the past 20 years in a comparable Madison Wisconsin suburb I haven't seen a single one. I miss them, because we are overrun with chipmunks and flower- and veggie-eating rabbits.


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