10.25.2011

Say Ahhhh

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.

He has moxie ;)

9 comments:

Floridacracker said...

Must be baby snake day.
He is gorgeous!

KaHolly said...

He's just adorable! I don't come across snakes very often! I'm not very good at picking them up:) as much as they fascinate me.

Woodswalker said...

Awww! What a cutie!

Ellen Rathbone said...

He's a beauty, indeed! We had someone bring a baby massasauga here a week or so ago...I missed it, though (darn). I'm hoping more might come in - I'd like to see one alive (all but one so far this year have been brought in dead).

Samantha said...

Adorable!

Sybil said...

What amazing images !!!

Pablo said...

A little quiet around here.

swamp4me said...

Yep, extremely quiet. I will have to resolve to do better in the new year!

Patricia Lichen said...

Well, I might have argued that I don't love baby rat snakes, but jeez, those photos won me over. Great, funny shots! Love the big mouth & eyes.