Saturday, March 24, 2012

Introductions Needed

I want to introduce you to my latest gardening companion... We have named it Stripey since we don't know if it is a him or a her.  Stripey seems to be about 20" long.
Stripy has a penchant for earth worms. 
The other evening I was watching Stripey rooting through the mulch. I could tell he was hungry. So I dug up some earth worms to feed to him.
Yumm yummm. He was quite happy to have them. After he ate 4 earthworms, 
he looked at me as if to say, OK what is for dessert. 
I have read that Eastern Garter snakes eat mostly earth worms, toads and frogs. I had one of these snakes in the garden last year and had hardly no slug damage or snail damage on my hostas. I think they must eat these too.  In the photo below you can see him staring at an empty snail shell. He could have been sitting still so I wouldn't see him. Clever fellow (fellowette).
Have you had any wildlife in your garden lately?

18 comments:

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I LOVE that you fed Mr/Ms Stripey! How fun! :-) I hope he/she stays around, too... and maybe sends a few cousins my way. Pretty sure I have enough slugs for the whole family to enjoy. lol.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

By the way... Luna won't go after the snake? Or she just can't catch it?

Lynn said...

Only my cat! ;-)

Laurrie said...

I do welcome snakes in my garden, but I'm not sure I could actually feed one!

Lee May said...

I do have garter snakes. Sure hope they're eating lotsa pests.

Phillip Oliver said...

I've had a lifelong fear of snakes. I've gotten better over the years but they still give me the creeps. I know some are good for catching insects and such.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

We have these little critters in our yards here too. Cute that you helped it find food. :) We have lots of wild life around us. Squirrels, birds, snakes, deer, a fox, racoons. oh and cant forget the skunks. PU. lol

Marguerite said...

That's a beautiful snake and big too! Love that you dug up some worms for him/her. Hmmm, no slug damage you say, I could use one of those snakes myself.

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

not a big fan of snakes; but even less a fan of slugs! Maybe I need to let the stripeys in the neighborhood know that the garden is open for business!

Randy said...

Lisa,
If I EVER do find a snake in my garden, I'm going to flip completely out. Then, when I regain my senses I'll box him up and mail him to you. LOL

Katiejane said...

Stripey is so cute! I've occasionally seen garter snakes in my garden, and last year I had a black snake until my neighbor ran over it with his mower. So sad.

Q said...

I do love your Stripey!
Lovely snake!
Lots of critters call our yard home...when ever we see a snake I am so pleased. Hope the Blue Racer returns this year a gorgeous snake!
Fast track Spring this year.
Sherry

Tammie Lee said...

how fun to picture you feeding this snake worms. how wonderful that he helps your garden grow!

SandyCarlson said...

Your post brings out his charm!

verobirdie said...

I know there are snakes in my garden. As long as I don't meet them, it is Ok for me... It is total panic when I see them, especially when they invite themselves into my house...
Sometimes ago, I had a hedgehog, and no snails. Sadly, he crossed the bridge, and his house is empty (yes, I do have a hedgehog house to rent)
by far, I prefer the cats and birds...

Julie said...

Oh, God. I would faint if a snake this big was in my yard! I would be calling the fire department!!!

Darla said...

Holy crapola! I detest snakes of all kinds. I try so hard to leave the good ones alone......they would starve to death if they depended on food from me......heck no!

Quiet Paths said...

Very very cool. I wish I had one or two in my garden but the cats next door would get it..