D’Argo alerted me to a problem today and quick action averted a fatality. I had apparently lost track of some garden netting and it had blown into the corner of the porch among some fallen leaves, camouflaging it. D’Argo was fussing about something, and after staring in the same direction for a while I realized I was looking at two snakes thrashing about in the netting. After double checking my initial identification (it’s a new snake for Windhaven), I picked up the netting. When I did, the smaller of the two snakes slid out safely and slithered off into the shrubbery. The second snake was much bigger and was entangled in the netting. Sadly, I believe they were mating and I interrupted their nuptials. However, with Peter’s assistance cutting the netting, the Eastern Hognose Snake (notice the upturned nose) was extricated unharmed .
I released it just outside the gate (I didn’t have any shoes on) and when I returned to move it, it flipped over into the classic Hognose “possum act”. It was less than convincing since I saw the snake go into this pose and that it decided to close its mouth as an afterthought.
I moved the snake to a safer location and it tried to play possum again, this time twisting its jaw for a truly demented look. Would you mess with that?