Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Someone's Knockin' at the Door !

Look what we found right by the door when taking Barney out for a walk:





And then a couple days later, this!







Barney did not seem to have any natural fear, and tried to smell both ends! Eek!

This is a common black snake, not poisonous, and around 5 feet in length. They are generally shy, avoid people, and are not 'aggressive' unless cornered and threatened. They are excellent at keeping the rodent population under control - in fact, we never see any rodents! This guy likes to sun himself on the deck, and when we walk by simply slips between the boards until we've passed.

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