Rescued from our pool filter basket, where he was making a mighty attempt to swim out.
Word on the street is that he is a San Bernadino ring-necked snake.
There’s not much a 6 inch non venomous snake can do to look menacing, but he stuck his tongue out and tried. Finding ourselves properly chastened, he was returned to the terra firma in the backyard. We sure do have a lot of critters around here. Yesterday we saw an orb spider the size of a golfball (and I’m only very slightly exaggerating.)
Aww, very pretty, he looks like he’s wearing a necklace.
Those commenters above? Crazy. And this will teach Mommy not to try to catch up on blog reading right before bed…. ::shivers::
Shelley @ Green Eggs & Hamlet says
That second picture is especially great! My mom is terrified of snakes and last summer my brothers and I found a Garter snake in her basement. My brother was going to scoop it up with an old shoebox to relocate it to the backyard but I grabbed it with my hands instead. Of course then it started whipping about wildly in my hand while I ran upstairs, praying that my mom was in another part of the house to avoid witness to the terrifying 6″ Garter snake. Mom was indeed right outside of the basement door so when I burst through wielding the snake, I thought she might pee her pants. I relocated it outside and my mom survived. Snakes (nonvenomous ones, anyway) are fun, aren’t they?
This is why I love living in Minnesota. Creatures only have about 5 good months to grow so they never get golf ball size!