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?
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.ReplyDelete
By the way... Luna won't go after the snake? Or she just can't catch it?ReplyDelete
Only my cat! ;-)ReplyDelete
I do welcome snakes in my garden, but I'm not sure I could actually feed one!ReplyDelete
I do have garter snakes. Sure hope they're eating lotsa pests.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
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. lolReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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
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.ReplyDelete
I do love your Stripey!ReplyDelete
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.
how fun to picture you feeding this snake worms. how wonderful that he helps your garden grow!ReplyDelete
Your post brings out his charm!ReplyDelete
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...ReplyDelete
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...
Oh, God. I would faint if a snake this big was in my yard! I would be calling the fire department!!!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
Very very cool. I wish I had one or two in my garden but the cats next door would get it..ReplyDelete