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My friends the strangest thing happened the other day!
On a beautiful sunny afternoon while my kiddos were happily reading books, I rushed around the kitchen adding the final ingredients to the yummy veggie lasagna. After giving my lasagna eyes with zucchini, nose with a carrot, and a mouth with green peas, I placed it in the oven. I then thought a short walk before super would be an excellent appetite builder.
I was so wrong…I entered the garage to pick up the scooters, and I froze instantly. I was facing a four-foot snake. Can you imagine the look on my face? I should have taken a selfie for a good laugh later.
But wait! Don’t panic. I immediately realized the beautiful intruder was not moving. He was stuck on a glue pad designed for smaller insects. When I was sure the grounds were safe I called for my little explorers. After reading so many snake books they would have loved to see one up close.
As expected my daughter cried with joy. “Can we please keep him mom? I need a new pet,” she said.
My brave son, on the other hand, found a stick and decided to check on the snake by gently pocking him. Suddenly the snake moved! Now can you imagine the look on his face? Yes, you are right, he was petrified. “He is alive!” He screamed and ran back to me with eyes wide open and took shelter behind me. “Sneaky snake.” He said.
Yes, the snake was alive! Three curious bodies stared in disbelief. What should we do with this beautiful reptile? If we left him he would surly die. Mommy was too scared to rescue the snake, and we could not wait for daddy to get home. Something had to be done immediately!
We made a phone call and thirty minutes later an animal control officer was tactfully removing the beautiful reptile. As I watched, my daughter showered our expert with questions. As always she needed to know more!
Soon the sneaky snake was gone. My daughter was sad. My son was extremely happy, and as for me, I was still in shock.
Back inside my daughter asked me to sit comfortably on the sofa. Our short walk was cancelled, and I was about to have my own private lesson about our uninvited guest.
So my young ophiologist began, “Mom listen carefully,” She said. “The sneaky snake was a rat snake. Do you know how I know?” I shook my head. “They usually have solid gray head.” She said proudly. “Mom you should really read some of my books! Well, don’t worry. I am here to educate you.”
I smiled. She looked so sweet and so excited. “Yes my little scientist. Tell me more.” “Rat snakes are very common in Texas. They live in the green fields, but every now an then they lose their way and end up in our garage.” She smiled. “You should also remember rat snakes are excellent climbers, and they love to eat rats. I guess that is a very good thing. Mom, I really think we should keep the next snake,” She said thoughtfully. “In case we have rats.”
Oh dear! I thought. That’s all we need. Rats, snakes, crab and gold fish, living together as one big happy family.
“No! I will not share a room with a snake.” My son cried.
“Don’t worry my little brother, rat snakes are safe. They do bite, but they are not poisonous.” She argued.
“Mom…” My son looked worried again.
“OK! Problem solved! We can buy a glass cage for our snake, but we have to buy a large one, because rat snakes can grow over five feet.”
My son and I looked at each other. I secretly had to assure him that was never going to happen.
“Now here is the most fascinating fact. We could have freed the sneaky snake from the glue pad by simply using cooking oil. Isn’t that something?” She added.
I raised an eyebrow. Yes, that was interesting, but she did not wait for my reply. She ran upstairs to add her new findings to her notes.
I took a deep breath. So much had happened in a short time. An unadventurous afternoon had turned to an interestingly educational afternoon. We learned many new things and most importantly we arrived just in time to save the beautiful reptile.
Well my curious friends, I will leave you with some fun stuff for your very own animal notes.
** Ophiologist is a person that studies snakes.
** Did you know there are more than 6500 species of reptiles? They include snakes, lizards, tortoises, and crocodiles.
**As snakes grow bigger, their old skin peels off to show their new shinny skin. A snake’s skin comes off in one long piece. This is called molting.
**Reptiles are vertebrates, and this means they have backbones to support their body.