August 06, 2010
I caught a couple of new pets up on Sharon Mountain the other day. I know you’ll be as excited as I am:
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 06, 2010 11:38 AM
pets ? does this mean you bring them home ?
No. I'm okay with snakes in their own environment, even when it overlaps mine, as in Topanga when i raised angora rabbits. Rattlesnakes shopped in my yard for tender baby bunnies. Swallow, gulp. Well, we were all just being neighborly.
What kind of snakes are these, Jerry, and why are they hanging out together?
The big one is an eastern milksnake. The little one is a garter snake whose dorsal stripe is barely visible. They are hanging together because I put them in the same cage. Later I let the garter snake go, as it failed to meet my aesthetic standards and would eventually have been eaten by the milksnake anyway.
Our dear cat Mabel wishes you had saved her the garter snake. She also likes baby bunnies but we've never had snakes brought up to the door but I'm sure she' keep the garter snake for at least a while anyway. Until it ripened to the size of a nice plump but tender baby bunny.
What's that toothed bone? An old mule used in the steel mills that John Adams used to build his army? Or perhaps a more recent species. And that round turtle looking thing? What's that?