As Summer Begins, A Snake In The Mulch

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Neither one of us asked why it was there.  Or how it got there.  No, we went straight to the WHAT IS IT DOING? question.

I was standing outside on the front sidewalk talking with the UPS delivery woman.  She had dropped off a package, knocked on the front door and was walking back to her truck when she saw it.

When I opened the front door to retrieve the package she turned to me and pointed to [what I believe is, but could be wrong about] a milk snake in the planting bed nearest the house.  I walked out to where she was standing and saw Milky.

He was doing his snake-y thing.  Slithering.  Sticking his head into various heretofore unnoticed holes in the ground around the roses.

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After watching Milky together, the UPS delivery woman told me that this was her first snake on the job.  She’d been warned that things like this could happen, especially out in wooded suburban developments.

For her, Milky was a milestone.  And she left our property with a smile on her face, pleased with her find.

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But as for me, Milky’s existence has brought a new level anxiety to my life.  I realize that if he can get into the planting beds this close to the house, he can slither his way up onto our front door stoop and greet me when I step out of the house using the front door.

So, I’ve done the only thing that I know to do.  I’ve put a note on the inside of the front door where I will see it before I open the door.  The note is short and to the point.  It says: REMEMBER THE SNAKE.

And with that thought in mind, my summer begins.

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Ally Bean

Observant. Creative. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Looking for the crumb of truth in the cookie of life.

14 thoughts on “As Summer Begins, A Snake In The Mulch”

  1. I don’t like snakes. Fortunately we haven’t seen any in our yard or pond so far but we live next to a preserve so I always worry about it. I like the note. Effective yet simple way to put terror in your heart every time you exit the front door.

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    1. kate, I’m not a big fan of snakes, but I accept that they’re doing good. Plus one snake around the house is much cheaper than hiring The Mole Man [actual business name] to keep our property free from rodents.

      Still, the note has come to make me think that I’m onto a universal truth about life. There are snakes everywhere!

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  2. You remind me of when I lived in Wyoming and my adventures with “racing” snakes. I commend you for your bravery in going out and taking pictures of your little friend. I don’t think I would have gotten that close.

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  3. I like reptiles and don’t mind snakes–but our variety are small and harmless. I didn’t like the huge snake I saw when I was in the Eastern part of Washington where they do have rattlesnakes. (this one was a King snake though and it was a BIG BOY)

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    1. Margaret, not a fan of ye ole snake, but if it’s helping my garden then I’ll put up with it. Of course, if it ever comes onto our stoop, it’s days are numbered.

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  4. I don’t mind snakes if they’re not poisonous. Better to have him around than a bunch of pests tearing up your yard. My husband, however, would have had a heart attack seeing Milky. I would have probably followed him.

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    1. jennie, I’m ok with Milky as long as we do not cross paths. And so far, we seem to be living in as much harmony as woman and snake can muster. Still, gotta wonder why this summer he showed up here.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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    1. Andra, I can deal with Milky. From what I read about this breed of snake, it’s so afraid of me that it freezes in place when threatened. That’s why I was able to get such a clear photo of it. But like you said, I don’t want to step on it. That’d freak me out.

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  5. Thank goodness we only have a couple of snake breeds over here, and I think only one of them will bite, and I don’t think it’s that aggressive anyway, and I think I’ve only ever seen one snake my entire life and that was only out of the corner of my eye as it was gone in a flash. Thank goodness.

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    1. Polly, I’d never seen a snake in the wild until we moved here to this wooded suburban area. At first I was scared of them, but there are no poisonous snakes in Ohio so I’ve come to terms with their existence on my property. Plus, having just one around wipes out our mole problem & saves us $$$. So maybe I like ’em? Sort of.

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  6. That’s funny that you saw a snake, too. I was walking out of our back door a couple of weeks ago and there was a snake about 3 ft long on the edge of the porch. I immediately ran back into the house, closed the door and yelled for hubby. He and the neighbor man decided that this snake was not dangerous. But I still get the heebie geebies when I go out. Mozart went out onto our back deck last year and smelled a snake skin laying there on the floor. He jumped higher than I’ve ever seen him jump! Even he is afraid of snakes:)

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    1. Beth, that’s hilarious. Just the image in my mind of squatty little Mozart jumping his doggy highest is priceless. Snakes bring out the anxiety in people– and dogs, it would seem. 😉

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