Snakes!

A Ribbon Snake, a type of Garter Snake, made an appearance in my backyard today. My English Setter, Angie, was staring at something under a bush and all of a sudden she had the snake in her mouth! I almost had a heart attack and she let it go but it took everything I had to keep her away. They are not venomous but she did have a bloody nose. The snake had a little wound on its tail but it made out okay. Angie is fine too, thank God. 

We live on a bayou, so it’s common to have Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin here, which would have been a whole different story. I do not know my snakes well, so I asked a friend to be sure of the species. 

Non-venomous snakes are good to have in the yard. They are a sign of a healthy ecosystem and help control rodents. Just keep an eye out while you do your spring gardening!

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Man O’War-eating nudibranch

The variety of organisms living on this planet constantly astounds me. Each one has its little role in the ecosystem and the simplicity or complexity of it is equally important. A group of these nudibranchs was found a couple weeks ago offshore just floating along the surface of the Gulf. 


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