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!


One thought on “Snakes!

  1. Sally May 14, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Quite an adventure for you both! Just the words “water moccasin” makes my skin crawl (too many Hollywood movies I guess). Garter snakes, on the other hand, I quite like. Used to have a lot around when I was growing up — we used to pick them up on cool mornings and they would coil up in our hands or around our arms to soak up the warmth. Haven’t seen any in Alberta for absolute years then (almost) stumbled on one the other day.


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