We caught a SNAKE!

we caught a snake

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.  

we caught a snake
 
we caught a snake
 
we caught a snake
 
we caught a snake
 
we caught a snake
 
we caught a snake

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 caught a snake
 
we caught a snake
 
we caught a snake

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.

we caught a snake

we caught a snake

we caught a snake

we caught a snake

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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2 comments to We caught a SNAKE!

  • Like you, I would have been horrified, but I probably would have suggested to my husband to do the same thing for observation. Luckily we’ve lived here over 6 years and I’ve never seen a snake, but I know my boys would have enjoyed this!

  • Linda

    You may have discovered this already, but the little fellow you found is a Midland brown snake. Notice the little black markings under his eyes…that is a consistent marking with midland browns! He’s a cutie and a great one to find and observe as he is a docile species. I commend you for looking past your personal reservations about critters for the sake of discovery and exploration for your children! It is hard to overcome, but you are doing more than you know to foster the natural curiosity of the natural world in your child. Because of you, your child has been given the opportunity to connect with nature, a piece of this world we are absolutely a part of, but oftentimes denied due to our lack of understanding and misconceptions. As an educator, mommy, and advocate of outdoor education, the story of the adventure with your child just made my day! Your child will never forget this experience!!!!

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