X is for eXciting!

Yes, we’re poking at our letters today, but our little snake is an Xciting sight for some humans and is twisted into just the right shape!

For all the excitement a snake popping up in the garden causes, the ring-necked snake is one you can flick your tail at. It rarely gets over pencil-sized, and can easily be identified by the yellow to orange ring around the neck, or if you have scared it, the yellow-orange underbelly, as it tried to flash you nature’s warning color and chase you off.

And what do they eat, we would like you to ask? Slugs–every gardener’s bane–earthworms and salamanders.

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Thirsty Thursday

Hello folks,

We squirrels  have had a busy couple of days and fell behind at The Squirrel Nutwork. But that has given us a chance to find out it’s World Snake Day!

Garter Snake

Please join us in supporting snake awareness in a positive way. Think of how many more pesky mice we’d have competing for our acorns…or finding your vine ripe tomatoes.

This little Eastern Garter Snake grabs up those mice, as well as slugs and worms from your garden, giving them the nickname ‘gardener snake’. They are a species that prefers a damp area, like to swimming and catch fish and small amphibians.

If your snake knowledge is sorely lacking, visit National Geographic or Care2 to learn more!

Snakes: Give ’em a break!

S is for Snake

Sneaky Snake. Slithery Snake. Hisssy Snake.

Ring-necked 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!

Earth Day

 

 

G is for…uh, hold on…

Nutmeg here, interrupting for a brief announcement: This might be squirrel week  – go check #squirrelweek – but the team here said no to Hickory’s request to post Eastern Gray Squirrel pictures on the E, G and S days of our Blogging A To Z Challenge. Sorry. If you want more photos of squirrels—and some that are not squirrels, go figure—try this link to the photos readers are submitting to the Washington Post’s Squirrel Week.

Thanks for your patience. And now lets get back to Hickory’s proper G post

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Yes, er, thanks, Nutmeg. Hey folks! G is for Garter Snake!G is for Garter Snake

Here’s a friendly fellow who is as at home in the water as on the land. He’ll eat fish and earthworms, and those field mice you want to keep from homes and gardens. Please let snakes stick around your house! They have far fewer babies than rodents and spread far fewer diseases. Who would you rather have for a nature neighbor?

So, I also promised to keep up our Motionless Monday column by posting our favorite wildlife statues. Here is a family of Great Egrets–or they might be Great Blue Herons–a Field Correspondent sent to us.

Great Egret statue

They come from the Eastern Shore, Chincoteague, Virginia, courtesy of a local squirrel there named Delia.