I walked out of the back door and almost stepped on this Rat Snake, Pantherophis obsoleta (non-poisonous) that was snuggled behind one of my bromeliads. When I came back with the camera he had climbed up my potted plant rack. I’ve since moved all the potted plants – and everything else, away from the back door. *shudder*. These guys are voracious eaters of rodents so I’m okay with them being around, I’d just prefer they not be right by my back door. Especially since they’re also notorious climbers.
On the gardening front, we got our first blueberry this week.
You know you’re in New Orleans when you wake up to find your neighbor sleeping in front of your house at 6am.
She broke out of the farm next door and came over to wiggle in the clover…
The Spider Lilies are still exploding with blooms but they’re finishing up. I expect they’ll all be done in another week.
Trying to ID species out here would be a full time job. This little guy slithered past me very quickly, hence the sloppy shot (I’m so rusty, it’s like losing a foreign language if you don’t speak it for too many years). Anyway, I’m trying to figure out what he is. I’m guessing skink or salamander since I think I see a tiny foot there, but if not he could possibly be a baby snake. The tip of his tail is pretty distinct so hopefully that will solve the mystery.