Monday, August 27, 2012

Little Visitor

Any herpetologists out there that can recognize this little dude?

It fell out of the doorjamb when I went to check the mailbox. It’s obviously very young; the keys are there for scale. My guess is that it is some kind of rattlesnake because of the shape of the head, the pattern on the back, and the fact that when I gently poked at it with a pencil, it shook its tail.

Update: The snake — or its littermate — made it into the house. I found it working its way into the dining room. Okay, I don’t mind snakes, but sorry, the lease says no pets, so I grabbed the whiskbroom and dustpan and tossed it into the front yard. You’re free, little dude!