Saturday, March 29, 2014

The snake and ... the raccoon?

Lisa and I don't actually encourage wild creatures to come inside and share our Lovenest, but ... hey, we live on 1.8 acres of woods, with trees as close as 8 feet to the house, and we refuse to use poison (except to stop the termites from actually EATING the house).

So Warren wasn't much surprised one recent evening when he went downstairs to turn on the TV - the only one we own - and the electric heater, and he encountered a two-foot Eastern Garter Snake just inside the back door:

Now we know why mice haven't been in the pantry this winter! But the snake was cold, barely moving. Warren would have taken it for dead except it's little snake-tongue was flicking in and out.

There was only one thing to do, sadly - put it outside, and let nature take its course.

Well nature did, but not in the way we expected. An hour later, Warren checked back, and the snake had disappeared!

Then, we heard a small mammal running off in the dark, through the leaves and snow. Warren thought it was one of the foxes that hang about (they are most easily seen on evenings when people put out their trash for collection next day).

But Lisa knew it was a Raccoon.

Ah, living in the woods!


Ingrid said...

Is it possible your garter snake was still in hibernation mode and seeking refuge from the frost? This piece has a bit more information on the subject:

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Thank you, Ingrid! We didn't really consider that. Perhaps it had been outside and somehow got in. I have nothing against snakes (like some people do), i just would rather have them outside than in. - Warren