I had a strange feeling I’d see a snake up on the mountain today and sure enough, I did! I had been taking pictures of one of my favorite trees because there were some cows up near it today and when I turned around and started walking up the road…BAM!
A beautiful black and yellow (rat?) snake, at least 5 feet long. The timing was just perfect…we intersected with each other at the exact right moment (or wrong moment, as some people may see it). I am 99% sure it was non-venomous…it had the head of a colubrid. (Aaah yes, confirmed here!) He looked at me as I looked at him and we just stared at each other for a long time. He went up against the hill for a while and blended in very well. I know it’s hard to see the scale here, but those two lines in the road are the width of a truck if that helps. For once, I decided NOT to pick it up and just let him go on his way. It was very cool.