One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey!

I haven’t forgotten your mystery this week, but it did almost get away from me.

Mystery #95

Do you know what this animal is? Send me a note in the comments. See you later with the answer!

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No guesses, but I suspect this one was too easy! Yellow, or at least pale stripes running the length of a snake always means a Garter Snake.

Garter Snake

Garter Snakes live all over North America–because they will eat pretty much any animal small enough to catch. No matter where they are found, Garter Snakes vary in color from tan to brown, from light green to dark. They will be semi-aquatic if there is water nearby, so that means they are found close to water more in the east than in the west. We’re willing to bet one lives near you!

Milkweed is in Bloom!

Milkweed is one of Miz Flora’s favorite summer flowers. We weren’t sure why, because squirrels can’t eat it, but when she cajoled Hickory and I into a ‘run’ with her we had time to dawdle. These flowers are absolutely covered with bugs!

Common Milkweed flower

I did a bit of my research and learned you humans have found 457 different kinds of insects visit the Common Milkweed. Some are feeding on the flowers, the leaves, the stems and the roots. But some are just visiting, like we sit in trees that don’t have acorns.

Unexpected Company

Hickory is twitching his tail over this visitor.

Eastern Chipmunk

“He’s in my tree!”

“There are plenty of wild cherries. We can share,” I told him. “You had your fill this morning, or so you told me.”

“I–I–I…it’s my favorite deck.”

“But? Come on now, what does Miz Flora always tell us?”

His tail drooped. “Sharing is the only way we wild critters can survive in the suburbs.” Then he let out a string of chittering. “But it’s so hard!”