We caught a SNAKE!
We were weeding our yard yesterday when DH suddenly uncovered a little snake. Now, I am NOT a fan of most reptiles in general, and the snake is probably my least favorite of all, but I believe in (attempting) to not bias your children against things unnecessarily if you can help it.
So, the teacher in me thought this would be a wonderful chance for the kids to get to observe something we normally see only in pet stores, while also getting him OUT. OF. OUR. YARD! I ran in the house to get our little plastic box I picked up at a yard sale (intending to use it for bug observations…again, NOT one of my favorite things, but I try to make sacrifices for the greater good and bite my tongue about how gross, slimy, slithery, and absolutely repulsive these things are to me) and DH managed to get the little snake into the box.
The snake had been hiding under the weeds up next to the house where it was warm. I posted on Facebook to get an idea of what he was and although there were quite a variety of responses, the general consensus is that he is not poisonous. Phew!
We enjoyed observing him move around in the box. He’s a very small snake — probably around 8-10 inches long (the red thing in the pictures is actually a soda cap for size reference). The little snake was VERY active, so even I’ll admit he was exciting to watch.
We plan to take him out of the neighborhood to a wooded area to let him go later today. Hope he’ll like his new home.
Overall, I think it was a really fun and exciting science lesson for all of us! He might even make a great pet…JUST KIDDING!! I’ll be happy to see him go and I hope we don’t have any more of this kind of science lesson for a long, LONG time! But observing him was fun and it was a great experience that we won’t forget!!
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