Sneaky Snake. Slithery Snake. Hisssy Snake.
Bet you’ve heard all those. This one’s a Ring-necked snake, one of the bigger ones I’ve seen, probably ten inches…and no, I didn’t try to stretch him out to check, because Ring-necked snakes do have a venom in their back teeth, and I didn’t need it latching onto my paw. Mostly the venom comes out when the snakes get their prey well into their mouths, so you humans don’t need to worry. And they do give fair warning, flipping over their tail’s underside, which is orange, signaling danger in nature.
Ring-necked snakes eat slugs, worms and salamanders, so they’re good garden friends. But what wild species isn’t?
And on that note, Happy Earth Day! Hope you have a great day outdoors enjoying nature!