This Is One Foxy Snake

(Yes, a post that’s about neither insects nor plants! It’s a miracle!)

Yesterday afternoon I was in the office when, through the window, I heard someone exclaiming over a snake. Naturally I dropped what I was doing and ran outside. I was expecting to see a garter snake – for a reptile lover like me even a common garter snake is worth walking outside to see! However, I was in for a treat, because there in the landscaping was a totally new reptile species for me, a Western Fox Snake, Pantherophis vulpina. At the time I didn’t have my camera with me, and by the time I’d run and gotten it the snake had, of course, vanished.

The day wasn’t over, though. After I got off work in the afternoon, I spotted an undergraduate walking across the parking lot carrying the fox snake. He’d wisely decided to relocate it away from the buildings and cars into the woods, and this time I was able to snap a quick photo. I was very impressed with his snake-catching skills – it’s one thing I’m absolutely awful at.

Is that not a handsome animal? I mean, wow! Fox snakes, like many harmless nonvenomous snakes, will do rattlesnake impressions to try and scare off predators – this one was energetically vibrating the tip of its tail. Unfortunately, this probably leads to a lot of humans killing fox snakes as a result of mistaken identity.

I love snakes. Please don’t kill snakes. Even rattlesnakes.

UPDATE: Clearly I should have waited to publish this post until this evening, because since I put this up I have photographed not one but TWO MORE species of snake! Guess you’ll have to stay tuned and find out what they were on Monday!

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9 thoughts on “This Is One Foxy Snake”

  1. Wowzers–that’s a fantastic snake, Rebecca! I’ve only ever seen garters, so that’s a special treat. I’m looking forward to seeing what else you’ve discovered! Herps rule!

  2. My Dad used to be one of those old country gentlemen who thought it his duty to run over any snake he could, because he thought they were all dangerous. He changed his mind when watching a TV series by an Australian naturalist called Harry Butler. Harry was able to explain why they were deserving of more respect. Unfortunately I don’t remember exactly what Harry said but he got the message through to Dad. Dad used to shudder when I phoned him to tell him my lastest snake find, but he did at least stop killing them. Hooray for TV nature presenters!

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