Snake Tracks

Down in the dunes…

…the sign of a snake.

The plates in my copy of the Peterson field guide to animal tracks suggest that the wide loops mean the snake in question was moving quickly.  Apparently a more leisurely-crawling snake leaves a straighter trail.  (Incidentally, the Peterson animal track guide is a delightfully idiosyncratic field guide, with as much anecdote- and sidetrack-filled narration as actual hard information on identifying tracks.  I kind of love it.)

The snake stopped to investigate a ghost crab burrow, as well.

The next time a kid asks me if the the burrows in the sand are “snake holes,” perhaps I’ll think twice before saying no.

4 thoughts on “Snake Tracks”

  1. Are you tempted to make up a startling story? After reading Hugh’s interpreter stories, I would be.

    I’ve also just finished reading Tim Smit’s “Eden”, the new 10th edition of the story of the Eden Project in Cornwall. He says (and please forgive the long quote):

    “The school groups provided the greatest challenge. Most children find plants about as exciting as watching paint dry, but we soon discovered their collective Achilles heel. Building on my own awakened interest in the derring-do of the plant hunters, we discussed ways we knew we could get them to take notice. The Roald Dahl approach worked even better than we dared hope. We told a story about poisons and the variously horrible deaths suffered by the victims. We raised the tone by developing a historical context. The Aztecs, for example, used a plant-based drug to paralyse their live human sacrifices, thus keeping them quiescent long enough to have their hearts ripped out, still pumping, to celebrate the sumer solstice. Eye-boggling attention was the result. The children were now ready to find even the humble potato interesting.” And then he goes on to tell attention-grabbing stories about how various plants were brought to the old World from the New via mutinies, explorers in rainforests and so on.

  2. Hi, I am writing to ask you if you have any more information about snakes entering ghost crab burrows, and if you have actually seen a snake eating a ghost crab or entering the ghost crab burrow. Thank you!

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