Snake in the grass
It was a beautiful day, one of the first truly warm days of spring. I was hanging clothes on my line and it happened a snake caught my eye. Then I could see other garter snakes emerging from all directions but all gathering on one rock. In no time there were hundreds of snakes all writhing and coiling around each other; I was fascinated and I called hubby to come look. He took one look and headed in the opposite direction, while I continued to watch something I had never seen in my life before. After a few minutes I could see the snake meeting was breaking up; snakes began to move away slipping through the grass and back down into the various openings in the rocks. I watched till the end when they all had disappeared all the while wondering what was it all about. When I came back into the house, I looked it up on the internet and on Youtube I found a video of the exact happening I had just witnessed...it was called a snake mating ball. I guess a female garter snake had emerged from the winter den, emitted her special aroma and immediately all males in the area smelled her and attempted mating; apparently only one lucky fellow gets the prize though scientists are not entirely positive about that. I said to hubby imagine how lucky I was to have been out hanging up clothes just at the time a real live mating ball occurred. Lucky, he scoffed, I'm not sure I'd call that luck.
Imagine seeing anacondas doing a similar thing. They behave exactly the same way, all the males wrapping around a female and each other in what is called a breeding ball. Now that would be something to see!
This little guy was in front of the greenhouse, then slid inside to keep me company for awhile.
I love his markings; the design along his body is surprisingly intricate.