I promised a WARNING when I posted such a thing
This was Five Feet from my back door. I grossed out a couple of my blog buddies with this ... and I didn't know I would. I was just so excited to share. Now I know better. I'll warn you guys first.
It is at Least Two feet, perhaps a few inches over. Amazingly pretty, don't you think?
Thanks, Emma, for pointing out I never I.D.'d my guest.
This is a regular, friendly (if you leave him alone) non-poisonous Garter Snake. (Info LINK)
Oh, they'll strike if provoked, and they move like lightning, but they are fun to have around. At the end of last summer, one got into our house and my DH had to corral it and herd it back outside using a broom. LOL
That was fun to watch. *grin*
Oh! And remember to Click on the picture to get the FULL effect of its eyes and scales. This pic is shrunk to about 35% of the original size. Great for wallpaper... but not for me. It's marking ARE pretty, just not soothing or relaxing. You know what I mean?
End of amended post.
I also realize that seeing this exclusivly when you are trying to comment while you can't get away from the thing might give you the heebie jeebies ....
So, allow me to post another safe picture for your commenting relief.
May I please present to you,
SEAWEED the Seagull. So named by my youngest. He stayed still while I snapped his pic on our ocean view porch four feet away from us. Isn't he CUTE? Or she...
can't really tell with a gull ....
See how close we were to the water?
WE LOVED our place.
Oh and guess what? Seagulls like Potato bread. *gg*
We squished them into little bread balls so we could throw them better.
I have a short video I shot with my little camera showing the gulls fighting over the morsels.
Man, are they noisey!!