A to Z April Challenge: S is for Snakes

I love nature photography of all types, most especially flowers. Sometimes, though, nature gives me special living, breathing surprises while I’m on the hunt for flowers to photograph.

Here is a not-so-little surprise that I found in our backyard back in June 2009. He (or she) posed for me like modeling was its day job. I wasn’t scared of it and it didn’t seem to be scared of me either. I believe the ID that we got on this snake was that it was a broadband water snake. It wasn’t a poisonous snake, though I didn’t know whether it was or wasn’t at the time. I just wanted to take its picture. 🙂

We’ve had other snakes grace our yard with their presence. On at least two occasions there have been coral snakes. Boy, are those things fast! On another day, there was a juvenile copperhead that was way too near our dog Shep. It blended in with the dirt very well. There have been others during our ten years here on the Texas Gulf Coast, even one slithering through our kitchen. So far, we’ve been very blessed that none of us have been bitten by one.

Snakes love plain M&Ms.

What about you? Have you ever been bitten by a snake? Have you ever seen a snake in your yard or house? Finally, are you afraid of snakes?

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About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 32 years. We have 4 surviving children and one child-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an empty nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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