Snakes in GardensPosted: October 3, 2016
For some reason I am seeing Copperhead Snakes everywhere. Usually, they are around mostly in the Spring, but there seems to be a new brood of snakelets this Fall. The first photo, taken on September 10th, is a medium sized one, probably a juvenile. I was cleaning out a bed when I spotted it.
While volunteering at our botanical garden on the 13th, I was pulling weeds around this baby Copperhead that was molting.
On September 19th, this big snake was exploring outside my kitchen window.
It caught my eye because the rabbit was also in the same bed and was acting strangely. The only predators for Copperheads are the occasional hawk and humans. But I swear I saw a rabbit kill a Copperhead once, the rabbit had blood on it and the snake was dead.
This was an interesting situation and I watched it play out while safely inside taking photos through the window. The rabbit took a non aggressive stance and kept an eye on the snake until it moved on. When all was clear, the rabbit went back to its favorite napping spot under the Camellias.
Two days later, I spotted a little head from the other side of a flower pot, but it turned out to be a rather large Five-lined Skink.