Snake at my front door

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Erik and I were mowing the lawn this morning. While he was pushing the mower around, I did some weeding and pruning, I planted some sunflower seeds and then started watering all of my plants.

When I was done watering the large planters, I walked toward the front door of the house where I also keep two pots.

That’s when something caught my attention and stopped me in my track. On the sidewalk, against one of the concrete pavers that keep the mulch off the sidewalk, there was a small snake – coiled and not showing any signs that he would be willing to flee – any time soon.
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Coiled eastern diamond back rattle snake

Coiled eastern diamond back rattle snake

Photo “Coiled eastern diamond back rattle snake” and comment above – courtesy of Octavia-Bleu
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The snake had to be just a baby, probably about a foot in length, so it didn’t really scare me. Right now I only regret I didn’t go and get a camera to take some pictures.

I called Erik so he could see it, too. We decided to leave the creature alone. Every once in a while I came back to see if it was still there – and it didn’t move at all. The only thing the he did was – it moved its triangular head a little bit – every time I came close.

We went on about out task, finished it – and forgot about our little neighbor. Later on I did some online research and managed to identify it, though. Since I was able to see the snake through the window next to our front door, that was easy. The diamonds with white edge were clearly visible and there was no doubt that was one of the poisonous Florida snakes camping next to our front door: the diamond back rattle snake.
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Rattle Snake
Photo “Rattle Snake” and comment above – courtesy of NC Mountain Man
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It was just strange that it stayed at the same place all day long – like he had to recover from something and that place was a safe shelter. It was gone before the night fell, however, and I am typing this post. 🙂
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Erik Perse - September 4, 2011

How neat! The south has many poisonous critters that you have to watch out for. Glad you two are ok :]

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Ruth Read - September 17, 2011

Well, I have asked if you ever saw a croc. at your door. I never expected a snake. Glad you are safe and left nature to its self.

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    Daria - September 17, 2011

    I’ve never seen an alligator in the wild yet – only at aquariums and some wild preserves. I don’t think Florida alligators are predators, dangerous to people, really. When left alone, they are quite harmless.

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Amy - November 1, 2011

Good for you for leaving the snake alone. I probably would have fainted dead away at the sight of it. Years ago, we had a snake that lived under our house. It was a garter snake and harmless. We named him Sylvester.

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