Spare me…

When you walk out of your house in the morning and see this in your driveway,

corn snake

corn snake

the first thought would be “rattle snake” and “danger.”

Upon closer inspection, however, there was no rattle at the end of the tail.

tail end

As close as we got to it, a rattle snake would have begun to warn us with vigorous rattling sounds. This snake just curled up and seemed more interested in warming itself in the morning sun and possibly digesting a small animal, from the small bulge in its body. Also, the shape of its head was different from the more triangular shape of a rattlesnake’s head.

snake head

A bit of research turned up an ID – a corn snake, or maybe a Northern water snake, not poisonous, not dangerous.

Phew! It got to live…

Another animal that got lucky today was this wild rabbit which I trapped in my garden.

rabbit in cage

rabbit in cage

I had noticed that my strawberry leaves were disappearing and then saw not one but two rabbits in the garden. It took a few days before one of them was tempted by the carrots in the cage. Now what to do with it? Rabbit meat tastes good but who wants to go through the slaughtering process? So, it was catch and release for this lucky rabbit.

out of the cage

out of the cage

I was happy to see it disappear into the wilderness, hopefully far enough away from my garden that it won’t return!

rabbit running free

rabbit running free

PS – after a bit of a debate among Facebook friends, I consulted with the Virginia Herpetological Society who identified “my” snake as a harmless milk snake.

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: Spare.

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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38 Responses to Spare me…

  1. Great photos Annette!

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  2. shoreacres says:

    What a beautiful snake, and what a lucky bunny! i must say, you’ve had some great close encounters of the wildlife kind. I’m glad they all worked out so nicely.

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  3. tamwarner says:

    I’m so glad you didn’t harm either animal!

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  4. bythebriny says:

    Glad both creatures were spared. Wonderful shots!

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  5. I love Corn snakes. Very cool photos.

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  6. Nice snake.๐Ÿ™‚ Saw a rattler curled up beside the freeway today. Definitely a different critter! As for the rabbit, lucky it! Hope he knows enough not to hop back. You might reconsider rabbit stew with dumplings. Good photos. BTW, Peggy always gets excitable when I get up close to capture rattlesnake photos. โ€“Curt

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  8. ladysighs says:

    About the snake ……….. it’s that “upon closer inspection” that I’m hesitant to do. LOL
    I did open my front door early yesterday morning and there was a fox with something hanging from its mouth. We looked at each other and then went our separate ways. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. A copperhead was discovered in my son’s Middle School pool yesterday but was removed without incident. A bit of excitement for the kids for sure๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Donna King says:

    Wow. Great shots, Annette! Especially the action shot of the rabbit running to freedom. I am glad you researched the snake and found it to be not dangerous. It would have been easy to jump to conclusions there. Fascinating post.

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  11. “On closer inspection” is not a phrase which I would use when it comes to snakes.๐Ÿ™‚ Glad the rabbit got its freedom back.

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  12. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Your pictures are wonderful! What a beautiful snake and happy bunny! What a great illustrated story! I have never seen a corn snake. I would like to. Thanks for the picture. As for snake energy…is transformation on the horizon? Shedding of skin? Also transmutation, as they can change poison into something different, those alchemists!

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  13. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Wow, I just read the snake post you linked here! I absolutely LOVE it! How cool are those skins! They are so beautiful and you photographed them nicely. I love the one with the face. All of them really. Snake is my Chinese astrology sign. I have related to them since I was a child, and have had some amazing snake experiences. Thanks for the link.๐Ÿ™‚
    Peace and shedding of skin,
    Mary

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  14. Dalo 2013 says:

    What a great nature reserve you live in๐Ÿ™‚ Rattlesnakes have always held a bit of admiration with me, can still remember seeing the first one. The last photo you have of the rabbit bounding away is perfect ~

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  15. Lovely photos and what an amazing place to live in, experience and appreciate so much of what nature has to offer!.

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  16. Tina Schell says:

    LOL, quite the nature visit this week Annette!! I’d be avoiding the snake completely, harmless or not!

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  17. Great shots Annette! Particularly the activity shot of the rabbit rushing to flexibility. What a wonderful snake, and what a fortunate bunny! i should say, you’ve had some extraordinary close experiences of the natural life kind.

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  18. Lovely images and a nice story.

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