Maeve and the snake.
Yesterday Maeve showed her true toy fox terrier genes. She alerted us to a rat snake in the ground cover. We think he was heading for the baby cardinals, like that big one 4 or 5 years ago in the hanging basket of fern. That year it was heatbreaking to see the bumps of the birds in the snake as it crawled off.
Maybe I did not mention that the baby cardinals hatched Thursday.
"Rat snakes are not poisonous. They will bite when startled or threatened and the bite looks very much like a human bite on the skin. It lacks the two distinct fang marks of a poisonous snake. While it does hurt it is not going to make you sick. Just wash the area carefully with soap and water and watch for signs of infection as you would with any other wound." They do look very much like a copperheard, so I am told. I have never seen a copperhead.
Maeve weighs only 5.5 lbs and we were concerned about it hurting her.
I have sort of spooked myself, I think I will pick my feet off the patio, as it is dark out here.!