I keep bumping into snakes and can’t help wondering if they’re prolific some years like acorns or green heads? I have (almost) stepped on more snakes in the past year than in all my years combined. (And I even spent a semester, years ago, in one of the snakiest countries on earth.)
It’s gotten to the point where I keep an eye out for snoozing serpents every time I hike!
Of course we rarely have poisonous snakes in these parts, so it’s not like it worries me…. However, while recently vacationing in southern Arizona I had a funny feeling I would finally meet my first rattlesnake – and there he was (middle photo)! I had been assured by the ranger at Catalina State Park that rattlers were usually shy and kept to themselves, but this old guy slithered right over like he was begging for breadcrumbs.
I saw that brown snake (bottom pic) just a few days ago napping on the hot pavement up in Maine – didn’t even flinch as I stopped to take his photo.
I know it’s the Chinese Year of the Snake, but literally??
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