Eek! Why does the first snake I've seen since our house has been built have to be right on my porch? And why did I have to make this discovery one day after seeing this post at Hooked on Houses about a property that's infested with hundreds of snakes?
Even though I enjoy the deer, rabbits, foxes and other woodland creatures that romp on our land, I still half-deny that I live in "the country." After all, downtown Louisville is just 10 minutes from here. And there's a state highway that runs behind my house, with a Walgreens and many other national chain and local businesses less than two miles down the road. But I guess there's also a deer farm around the corner and a field with hay bales closer than the Walgreens. Wah-wah.
The snake wasn't comfortable with me inching closer and closer to him as I took photos. At first, he slowly inched backwards. When he felt more threatened, he did a quick recoil, which made me jump back as his body twisted into his hiding spot. He's hanging out in the large crack caused by our porch steps falling away from the porch itself, due to settling. I went back into the house with my camera and then went back out a few minutes later and he had popped out again.
Unfortunately I had been procrastinating about watering our potted plants today, so I had to get out there before nightfall and water the potted coleus you see in the pot at the corner of the snake photos. Until today, I was only worried about the giant, hairy spider I had seen in that very same crack. From now on, I'll be freaked out every time I water the plants, even thought I'm sure the snake is more scared of me than I am of him. Yay.
And I guess we better not let our kitties explore outside for now, since they like to sniff around the porch column where Mr. Snake is currently residing. Wah-wah for them.
- What creatures do you encounter at your place of residence?
- Do you have any tips for dealing with the issue of the steps and low side wall falling away from the porch?