Snake on a Plane (the geometric kind, you know?)

September 16, 2011 at 9:24 AMJeremy

Since not everybody heard this story:

Some Saturday back in June, I was peeking out my back door, as I'm prone to do; I'll regularly see rabbits, lizards, birds, the occasional cat.  This time, though, I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye, right near the house.

Yeah, that's a snake.  Not some little grass snake, either.  Those don't bother me much, since I can just grab them and throw them out to another part of the yard.  I stepped out and kept my distance to get some pictures.

Then the thing climbed up into the bush next to the house!  I didn't feel quite right with a snake of that size being so close to the house, and I certainly didn't want Jonathan to go playing in the yard while it was there.

I was going to wait for it to come down again and then kill it, but I remembered that while we were working on my fence, Greg had captured a little garden snake and talked about finding some frogs to show his class.  I thought surely he would be interested in a bigger snake, but I wasn't about to try to catch it alive.  So he came over and did some snake wrangling:

So, funny ending to the story: Greg put the snake in a bucket and put something heavy on top of it.  They took it back to their house and left the bucket on the patio.  When Mom came out the next day, the bucket was open and the snake was gone!  She thinks the cat must've gotten curious about it and let it out.  Whatever happened, the snake has a nice place to live out in the country, and hopefully has no way of knowing how to get back to my house.

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Paging Doctor Dolittle

April 11, 2009 at 8:30 PMJeremy

One Saturday a couple of weeks back, I did as I normally do on mornings that I'm not too busy, and went out to check on my bunnies.  That's when a pretty unique thing happened.

First, there was the one bunny:

Then, a second bunny came in:

Then, a third bunny joined:

Then, a FOURTH bunny showed up:

Two bunnies were hiding in the grass (top right and bottom left).

A couple of squirrels were playing along the fence:

Our Texas Spiny Lizard even decided it was warm enough to come back out again:

I watched as a couple of the bunnies started playing tag, chasing one another through the yard.  They went back and forth for a while and then a third one joined in.  At this point, all three of them darted around the deck, behind the playset, and then THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, each one slide between the fence and the gate, leaving behind our one usual rabbit.


September 4, 2008 at 7:22 PMJeremy

I've been keeping an eye out for my "pets" that live in the back yard.  I was going through some older pictures and noticed a similarity:

This is the lizard that lives in our back yard.

This little fella was in Palo Duro Canyon.  If you look closely, you can notice that it has the same spiny texture on its back.  Yes, these lizards are native to Texas, so it makes sense; it's just neat that I would've gotten a picture of one both places.

Similarly, Mom noticed with my last rabbit picture that one of the poor bunny's ears was chewed up.

Well, looking back, I noticed that same ear in a lot of pictures:

Yep, that must be the same Mrs. Bunny who had her babies in our back yard.  Guess she likes it here.

As long as I'm showing animals, here's some more:

The lizard chills out on the deck most days, but is quick to scurry back under it if I come out.  Must be camera shy.

One afternoon, Marci and I heard every manner of bird noise outside, and when I went to look I noticed some Blue Jays, some Cardinals, and a few other species, all in the tree in our deck, all making a racket.  I'm not sure what they were going on about; maybe a meeting of some kind. Not exactly birds of a feather, but flocking together nonetheless.

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More Visitors

August 12, 2008 at 8:35 PMJeremy

Our bunnies continue to make an appearance from time to time.  Here's one laying in our front yard, on the only patch of grass that's still that green:

This one is new.  I took Jonathan outside for a minute and spotted her climbing on the tree.

As best as I can tell, she's a Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus).  I say 'she' because, if I'm right, the males usually have blue spots on their bellies, which I didn't see.

Its behavior fits a Texas Spiny Lizard; they retreat up into a tree when they feel threatened, which I would guess a guy with a camera would probably do to a lizard.

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