You just have to love baby rat snakes. They are tiny and totally fierce. They can also be hard to see. As I stepped out of the office door today I nearly stepped on this little fellow. He sort of blended into the gravel of the walkway.
Of course I picked him up. How could I not? He was just so darned cute. He did not find me cute, however. He immediately went on the defensive and showed me all his teeth (tiny though they were).
I admired him for a bit before putting him down. Too few snakes make it to adulthood -- they are so very vulnerable at this stage. Everything wants to eat them. I hope this little fellow makes it through.