Critters in the Garden

I always enjoy finding wildlife in the garden.  This has been the year of the  Copperhead.  They always seem to appear just where I want to work.

I found these Rosy Wolf snails intertwined on a flower stem.  I hope that means many more snails are on the way.

This Tree Frog blended in perfectly with a Moses leaf. I haven’t seen as many of those this year.

I almost stepped on the small turtle as it was trying to hide under leaves.

Another baby Copperhead ended up in my work space. Thankfully, I usually see them as I am reaching my hand into the bed. I wonder how many I miss. The Copperheads are pretty chill and will hang around to watch unlike the green garden snake I saw earlier that slithered away as soon as I came upon it.

OK…I thought I was done with this post and sure enough, I came across another Copperhead. I was dumping a load of gingers I had just cut down and there it was. As usual the snake was fine with a little photo shoot.


20 Comments on “Critters in the Garden”

  1. Tina says:

    They’re beautiful, those copperheads, but oh, so scary!! Be careful. Love your little tree frog. I know we have them, I hear them at night through most of summer, but I can never find them. Still, it’s nice to know they’re around.

  2. Gadzooks! that is a lot of copperheads. I have black racers and coachwhips (one 8 footer) in my garden. Same kind of turtles and frogs…I love the little frogs.

  3. Love stopping by! You always have interesting finds and beautiful flowers! May I ask what state do you live in? Here in eastern PA the leaves are finally all off the trees. The gardens are finally sleeping and the bones of the gardens are shining. Bonnie

    • I am a former Pennsylvanian that now lives in the Gulf Coast area of Texas. Being near the Gulf greatly influences our weather, keeping us warmer and wetter. I am inland enough that I’m in zone 8b, but we can grow tropicals with care. My area is heavily wooded as we are on the edge of the Piney Woods. We have native pine trees, oaks and can grow palms here. But no tulips or daffidils. I like reading your blog to see what is going on back home.

  4. shoreacres says:

    You sure do have a lot of life in that garden. I’m amazed by the number of snakes. On the other hand, the guys on the radio outdoor show have been talking about how active the snakes are right now — you have the proof.

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Wait, you WANT more snails?? I curse the slugs and snails in my gardens, as they do a lot of damage. I admire your calm around copperheads, they would freak me out!

  6. Deb says:

    I’ll take the frog ,snails and turtle over a copperhead… while they are pretty ,they give me the shivers…it’s something in those eyes and tongue..

  7. janesmudgeegarden says:

    It was fascinating to see the creatures you have in your garden. You’re impressively calm about the snakes, are they very poisonous? I wish I had some carnivorous frogs in my garden…far too many of the ordinary ones here.

    • The Copperheads usually don’t kill people, but cause tissue damage. I do jump back when I see a snake, then decide what it is going to do. If it is not going to move, I snap some photos from a safe distance.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Is that copperhead snake in the first picture in a Yucca of some sort, or is that an Agave or some sort, . . . or something else?


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