Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Snake whisperer

This snake made my day, I saw it while I was doing some yardwork, and then it slithered off before I could catch it, so I thought it was gone. Later as I was making some quesadillas I saw it again, and so I ran out to catch and caught it, but then I had a snake in my hand and quesadillas burning on the grill. I then took the snake in one hand and had to flip the quesadillas with the other hand (just kidding). I actually just unplugged the grill I was cooking them on and then put him in a pillowcase until Sammy came home from school and then we snapped these pictures before letting him go. I am pretty confident that it is a grey rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta spiloides). It was very tame, and only coiled up once, when sammy tried to grab him as we let him go. He also shook his tail a little bit like a rattlesnake. I have always wanted to catch a snake in the backyard but this is the first one we have seen since moving here (in our yard that is)






9 comments:

Julia Harps said...

so cool! i love that kind of stuff. Your boys are so adorable getting into it with you. :)

Katie said...

That is a HUGE snake!

I was reading the beginning of the post wondering who was writing it and trying to imagine Kim cooking quesadilla's on the grill and trying to catch snakes......hee hee...while pregnant!

nephi said...

how on earth did you know it wasn't poisonous?

annie said...

WOW! That is plenty big!! Sheesh. I'd have crapped my pants and burnt my quesadillas for sure. Your boys are great!

Brit said...

I like how Sam is wearing protective gloves and the kids are just going for it!

Katherine said...

Omg, that is totally awesome and huge. You're a good dad... I love how you saved in a pillow case for Sammy. Ha.

Love Henry's attire.

Heather said...

gross! but at the very same time...kinda cool!

The Puffer Family said...

That's pretty awesome. I'm glad I haven't seen any snakes that size in our yard. However, one time Ben caught me a snake - it was slightly larger than a worm so I can't say that it was quite as cool as a rat snake.

KQ said...

You people are sick in the head. Sick! Travis would have hit that thing with a shovel. :)