Tuesday, January 15, 2008


OK, let me paint the picture for you: it's early morning, I'm sleepwalking walking Truffles on the boardwalk skirting the canoe lake and I see this long stocking draped over the railing. But as I approach, the stocking burps and I am face to fang with a snake! We both freeze - I, from sheer terror and he, from having just ingested a palm rat (one hopes ;-)).

Since my formal education did not include herpetology, I have no idea what kind of snake it is - corn snake? rat snake? - so if any one of you can enlighten me, I would be very grateful.

In the meantime, I plan to walk softly and carry a big stick ;-)

Special thanks to Olivier for presenting me with the "You make my day" award! I hope he feels the same way after today's post ;-)


Frank said...


Oh, excuse me did you say Corn Snake. That must be it.

I have to go now.

freefalling said...

Wow! That would have been something to see!
Did he REALLY burp?
Could he be a rat snake?
Have you seen that excellent site for identifying Florida snakes?

Olivier said...

superbe la photo, on voit qu'il a bien profité des fêtes de fin d'année, après la sieste il va falloir qu'il se mette a faire du sport.

Superb picture, we see that he has taken advantage of the festive season, after the nap it will be necessary that it be a place of sport.

oldmanlincoln said...

I know what kind of snake it is. It is a "full" snake.

You need to take a vacation before you get nightmares. Life is just getting too exciting down there. Maybe some snow would help.

Anonymous said...

i second the 'you make my day' award ! your pictures and write-ups are wonderful, they make my day as well !

* i think its possibly a yellow rat snake


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'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

hahahah Isabella,
What a funny post, your words made it funny, Yes well uhhhh I think I'll better be awake walking there.... I love your sunny photography, so I can imagine "that YOU your/bog is making the day" we are licving in such cold wetahers now!

My congrats with your award!!

I showed last days more about my birthtown in Holland :The Hague, Lighballs on the beach, and the Westland/Glasshouses, I added also some links from Wipikedia this way you can read some background information about the city and surrounding, when you want that of course..Be welcome:)

JoAnn from Holland

Peter said...

I have already been to Florida (with nice memories), but these pics decided me not to return - even with a stick!

isabella said...

Freefalling - yes, the snake burped and then he winked at me ;-)
Thanks for the link, even though it gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Anonymous - thanks for the scary link (that's a squirell's tail, isn't it) - so it seems mine is a yellow rat snake.
(and thanks for your kind comment; are you by any chance, tall, dark and handsome?) ;-)

Tuppence said...

:o) hello isabella, i've just got myself a username, i posted under 'anonymous' (as above) as i've only just come across the daily photos and just discovered how to create a profile ... unfortunately no, i'm neither tall, dark or handsome ;o))) ... i am however short and female and laughing typing this message because your reply was so funny ;o))

i really do look forward to seeing your photos though, they really cheer up my day, i wish i'd found these daily photo-blogs earlier

hope youre having a good day, Tuppence (originally Anonymous)

Moi said...


Lessie said...

Holy smokes! Fantastic capture. Good for you for having a steady hand. Yikes!

Pat said...

Isabella, I've missed the walks with you. My life took on a big "right turn" and I got very busy with "life".

But I'm back now. I wouldn't miss this walk though--I really don't care for snakes.


Guelph Daily Photo, Pat's Photo-a-Day

Thiên said...

YIKES! But what a great subject you have found! Wonder what's in there!

Me said...

What a beautiful photo of a beautiful snake. I love snakes, and I would count myself lucky to see such a beauty. Great snap.

Olivier said...

....et maintenant les Green Bay Packers bientôt au repos ;o)

.... And now the Green Bay Packers to rest soon ;o)

Nikon said...

I think that you should introduce the snake to Al!
I wonder why he/she is on the railing? Getting sun?

zentmrs said...

Yikes!! Nice shot!

Mandy said...

snakes and crocodiles - what a wild world you inhabit.

you liked the last lot of roadsigns I posted so thought I'd let you know I've just posted another batch.

Jilly said...

I left a message here yesterday but it never appeared. Perhaps I mistakenly clicked on another blog and they are now reading 'contented snake' or whatever I wrote....

Love the shot, happy snake, too fat to move I'd imagine - and just as well. Love both shots.

kunal bhatia said...

wow, that's an unusual morning-walk incident. have you ever bumped into this guy again?
- Mindless Mumbai

Ming the Merciless said...

That is what I hate most about Florida. One cannot simply relax and catch some sun after a nice lunch.

Noooooo!!! Invariable, someone would come up, stand in front of me blocking out the sun until I bark at her to leave me alone. And guess what she did??!?!?! She has the nerve to take out her camera and started taking photos of me without asking my permission.

Oh, and what is that she has tagging along with her? Is that dinner?

Sonia said...

Amazing photos!
I fear so much snakes!