Most of my veggie plants are showing the wear and tear of too much water and no sun. Leaves are yellow and a few tomato plants have withered away and died. Made me sad to see how many plants just faded away.
Just as I was about to go into my gardening shed and get some tools, I stepped on a big, thick snake.
We both screamed and ran in opposite directions.
After the initial surprise wore off, I went back, opened the shed door and there he was curled up in the corner by the door....plus a few of his other "friends" laying in the sunshine near my bale of straw.
One of them left a gift of a freshly shed snake skin on top of my water cup.
Within the first hour I had counted, and photographed 11 snakes in various positions in DRY, sunny areas around my garden. They too had been waterlogged and bruised by hailstones and flying debris during the 2 powerful storms that ripped through here.
All the tired snakes were garter snakes. I haven't seen the big mother milk snake today, but am sure I will.
Several of the snakes never moved while I replanted a few veggies and dug trenches to move the next deluge of water away from th garden shed.
They all seem healthy and well fed.
I guess that they are feeding on bugs, mice and other delectables they are finding around the edges of the garden, farm and coop.
I may start marking them with a bit of nail polish to see if I am seeing the same ones. And of course I will have to name them.
This one I named Makemescream. Its an old Indian name....
Do you have any resident snakes on your property?
Got any you named?