Could you hear my primal scream as I bent down to turn on the sprinklers and instead touched a snake?
I have seen huge snakes while hiking, but never touched one in the wild. It wasn’t that the snake was slimy, just that I didn't expect it there.
The snake wasn’t rattled by my outburst. In fact, it just inquisitively flicked its tongue in and out of its lower mouth, quickly posing for my camera.
As I moved around to focus and take another shot of this beautiful slender olive-colored creature, it raced away on its yellow belly faster than my shutter speed.
Next time I see a snake in my garden, I will try not to holler and just appreciate it for helping me out by eliminating rodents and garden pests.