Snake

Here’s what we found in our backyard at the beginning of this month.  It’s a gopher snake (a.k.a. bull snake).

Unfortunately our dogs found him first.  They were barking like crazy at something, but weren’t getting near it.  Chase and I, with Collin in tow, went outside and got the dogs in the shop.  The snake was very scared (poor thing) and had a tooth mark hole a couple of inches from the back of his head.

Chase managed to get him in here (quite impressive considering snakes make him a wee bit nervous).

And then in here for safe transportation.  We got in the truck and drove around ’till we found a suitable place for the release.

Bye bye snakey.  I hope he lived.  I have no idea how serious that sort of wound is for a snake.  It was pretty crazy to have him in our backyard.  I mean, he’s pretty big and we do live right in town.  He must have surpassed a lot of obstacles before the dog encounter.  It’s always good to remember that wildlife is all around, even in our own backyards.  What sort of encounters have you had?

Want to see more wildlife?

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Wild Idaho #2 – Mule Deer

Wild Idaho #3 – Red-Tailed Hawk

Tracks in the Snow

Winter Birds

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Rock

‘Melon Gravels’ by Riley Creek at the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery

I just love these basalt rocks that litter much of the landscape near and in Hagerman.  They were deposited by the Bonneville flood (so interesting!).  Collin and I meandered through the rocks looking at red ant hills, lichen, moss, rockchucks, and of course the melon gravels.  Chase, meanwhile, was sturgeon fishing with a friend of ours – no luck this time.

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