Today there is either a black Rat Snake or a Black Racer in the greenhouse. You know people always overestimate the actual length of a snake but this one is at least 30 inches long.
Earlier when I was out there I heard a commotion and looked in that direction in time to see a thin black tail disappearing under the water barrels. When I returned empty pots I had just planted the contents, I disturbed her. She waited while I went to get a camera but I see now that I did not get a picture of her black tongue flicking in and out.
When she crawled away down behind the potting bench, she was moving her tail very rapidly as if to convince me she was really a rattlesnake, but there was no sound from that thin black tail.
Day before yesterday we saw a Hog-nosed Snake behind the boxwood where I was trimming not long before. He-Who-Mows and Saws had cut down an old pecan stump with an electric chain saw when he saw the snake.
It did all the tricks that 'spreading adders' as we used to call them, do. It pretended to be a cobra, spreading its jaws out flat and hissing. When that failed it flailed its tail in dry leaves to try to pretend it was a rattlesnake. Both its defense mechanisms having failed, we left it alone so it wouldn't have to play dead as a last resort.
I didn't get its picture. I probably have some hog-nosed snake photos around here somewhere.
Snake season again. I must watch where I step and where I crawl under shrubbery.
Are snakes a concern where you garden?