Bull Snake, that is. This beautiful beast was slithering around in our side yard. Around -these parts, our seasons are hunting, winter, spring and snake. Time to start watching where we step!
I know a lot of folks get hinky about snakes. This one was about five feet long and could make for an intimidating obstacle. But snakes play an important role in our ecosystem. They are middle-order predators, meaning they eat smaller pests like mice, voles and gophers and insects. And snakes are a food source for other animals. Birds like owls, hawks and herons eat snakes. So do mammals like the bobcat.
Yes, some snakes will bite. A few can even kill. But only one in 50 million people will die from snakebite (5-6 fatalities per year in the U.S.). And you are 6,266 times more likely to die in a car accident than from being bitten by a snake.
My advice? Buckle up and watch where you put your feet. You and the snakes can thank me later.