Our Cat Missy Is A Rascal

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Yesterday was a beautiful day here – 65 degrees
and sunny here.




I was out by the garden making a video for my
storm-proof vegetable garden trellis book when our Missy cat walked up with a
small brown snake on her mouth. She was very proud of her catch.




It seemed very strange to me that a snake was out in
February; it must have been in a sunny spot when Missy caught it.




When I walked up, Missy dropped the snake near the
little pond on the west side of the garden. It appeared unhurt. I picked Missy
up and took her to the driveway to give the snake some time to get away.




When I put Missy down, she headed straight back to
where the snake had been dropped.




A few minutes later she came into the garage soaking
wet. She must have chased the snake into the pond with a little too much
enthusiasm.




Ironically, about 3 hours earlier I put an electronic
tracking device on her collar. (Sometimes she doesn’t come in at dark, when the
danger from coyotes becomes significant.)




This electronic tracker is not recommended for dogs
because it can be damaged by submersion in water. I told Ann that “we don’t have to
worry about Missy shorting out the tracking device because she never gets very
wet”.

Nature in the Backyard: Black Rat Snake (again)

I walked down a path in the woods behind our home when I felt an urge to look at the old pine tree to my right. On the rotten stump of a broken off limb, the black rat snake we saw a week ago in the backyard was quietly watching the world go by. It doesn’t seem to fear us and it is fascinating to be eye-to-eye with such a large reptile. I hope it realizes it is safe on our property and stays around.

Nature in the Backyard: Black Rat Snake

This black beauty visited our backyard recently. It was about 6 feet long and very relaxed. I don’t know if it is the same snake that visited two years ago (here’s the link: Nature in the Backyard). I can’t tell one six foot Black Rat Snake from another, but this one was very mellow and the other one wasn’t. The other one seemed thicker, but that could have been the big meal it had just swallowed. I hope it stays around, it’s always a pleasant surprise to see such a large reptile.