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Slithering Surprise in the Garden

I was bending down to turn on the sprinklers when instead I put my hand on a snake.

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.

Craig Belfor July 12, 2012 at 05:44 PM
You've seen a yellow belly racer, AKA Columbar Constrictor, one of the fastest snakes around. Good luck catching one. He'll keep your garden free of pests at lightning speed. (He's fast enough to catch a mouse)
Matt McCarron July 12, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Execellent pictures once again!!
Sue McQuinn July 12, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Hi Craig thought it might be a racer,but it doesn't have a racing stripe down the side.
Brent Ainsworth July 13, 2012 at 07:23 PM
David Herlocker, a naturalist with the county of Marin, says this is a western yellow-bellied racer (Coluber constrictor mormon). Thanks, David!
Bob Ratto July 13, 2012 at 08:18 PM
So, should we understand this snake to be racing Mormon? Does Mitt know?

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