Friday, 12 April 2013

Ophidian Beauty Revisited

OK, OK I know I am in a minority here but I am always delighted when I find a snake in my yard and I have a particular fondness for this little individual. This stunning Western Lyre Snake has previously tried to sneak into the house. But on this occasion he was just trundling along outside the dining room window . The Lyre Snake is mildly venomous and back-fanged but that is not as scary as it sounds. In fact back-fanged snakes really have to have a good chew to envenomate their prey. I have free handled this snake and it was as relaxed and mellow as any of the captive bred snakes I have at work. I know that is not for everyone but what I am trying to say is that snake does not have to equate to instant death (for the snake or you!) or terror!


Rohrerbot said...

Now don't get me wrong....that's a stunner of a snake who probably knows how to shake his tail in the reptile world. May his journey be free of seeing humans. Very cool critter:)

Celeste said...

Good to hear you are getting through your fear Chris ;)

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