While in the mountains on vacation, there were only a few times that we had cell phone connection. On our way to a hiking locale one day was one of those such times. Dirt Man and I both received this pic message from our oldest son telling us that we have a new pet. It seems that this garter snake has taken up residence in my front flower garden between two hostas.
About a month ago, my neighbor found a garter snake (same size) in her back yard and wanted Dirt Man to kill it. He refused because it is a “good snake”. Previously, I’d been of the thought that the only good snake is a dead one. He offered to transport it to our yard, however I threatened him bodily harm if he did so. He therefore placed moth balls throughout her yard. We didn’t know if it would really chase her snake away or not. I’d hoped if it did that it would move to the neighbor on her other side. It looks like he chose us.
We haven’t named this snake, but it seems like a nice little guy. It comes out for a period of time each day and stretches itself across the flowerbed. Sometimes it just pokes it’s head out and waits for flies or whatever else it’s feeding on. It is not aggressive and doesn’t roam. It has become a daily habit for each of us to check on our snake friend. I can not believe I am tolerating a snake living at my front door. Yes, the flowerbed where it has made it’s home is at my front steps! Dirt Man offered to remove it and relocate it to the rear of the house, but I said no as I kind of enjoy keeping tabs on it…ok, I like to know I’m not going to step on it!
While we were getting ready to leave the campground, Dirt Man cleaned out the outdoor shower and spotted this huge wolf spider. Good thing we were leaving because I was not too fond of sharing the shower with it. However, he was considered a “good guy” as well.
I was told wolf spiders eat mosquitoes and other pesky insects. They do not spin webs to catch their prey as they are always on the prowl. They live under rocks and in dirt and leaf debris. Upon researching them I found that they are poisonous but not lethal and only bite when provoked.
I’m not quite sure what has happened to me. I’ve never cared for spiders or snakes. I’ve not actually taken a liking to them either. I do find them interesting and am sharing space with them. I guess that’s a start, huh?
****I actually wrote this post a few weeks ago. I’m sorta’ sad to report that we haven’t seen our snake all week. Dirt Man tried to help him out by throwing an earthworm to him…guess he wants to get his own food! Or maybe he felt he was assaulted or maybe he just didn’t have the taste for earthworms! Anyway, our neighbor two doors (opposite side of us from our neighbor we acquired snake from) reported finding him in their yard. They didn’t kill him, but helped him move on to another neighbor’s yard. However, we have now spotted a baby garter snake in the back yard.