I felt very sad. As regular readers of the blog will know, last month we had a HUGE one in the garden who we (I) named Samantha Helvetica (see this post ), and I have been keeping an eye out for her, especially in this hot weather which is prime snake basking time, but have had no sign. However, this wasn't her, it was too small, but I did wonder whether it may perhaps have been a Samantha Helvetica Child? In which case there will be others about.
I took pictures because it isn't often that you get the chance to see these creatures that close up, and they are undeniably fascinating, and so different from the majority of the wildlife we are used to seeing on a more regular basis.
I suspect the latent scientist in me is waking up, probably in preparation for my studies later this year, which is no bad thing. I've spent my life being drawn to and rooted in the arts, so adopting a more scientific approach will be an interesting challenge. I'm wondering how it will sit with my work as a healer, which is largely about sensing and being intuitive, but no doubt A Way Through Will Be Found, and perhaps utilising both approaches will be uniquely beneficial at times.
If you aren't a snake person it would probably be best to look no further!
Ted had disemboweled a central section, which meant I could see directly inside the snake.
The classic yellow collar of the grass snake isn't so obvious in these photos.
It was more so in the flesh
This is the underside of the snake- a completely different pattern to the top
Beautiful scales and markings
84cm or 33 inches long, so a reasonable size, but a lot smaller and narrower the SH
Grass Snakes are a protected species, and I'm particularly sad that Ted got to this one before I did, and that by the time I reached him he was beyond saving. However, having this contact does at least suggest that there are a number of Grass Snakes in the immediate area and hopefully the population is healthy enough to sustain the loss of the occasional member who ventures too close to a terrier's back garden.
My main concern now is that this is the second time Ted has shown no respect whatsoever for snakes and if he comes across an adder and treats it in that way that will not be good news for him. I shall have to be extra vigilant.
Contact like this does make you stop and think about what is in your garden that ordinarily you just never see. This is something I think about every time I put the moth box out too. Nature is great like that: full of surprises and treats.