Om walked out the front door and said, "Come look who's out here!"
A lovely blue racer, Columber constrictor foxii. Now don't get all "eewwww" on me.
Blue racers are lovely snakes, and they are becoming increasingly rare. Apparently they are now only found in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. Even if you don't care for snakes personally, please don't kill one on purpose. They play an important role in keeping the rodent population under control.
Here he is checking out the air- maybe the way I smell. Yes, snakes smell with their tongues. He isn't being threatening, just curious. Probably trying to decide if I'm dangerous.
Generally speaking, he was pretty calm, all spread out along the edge of the porch.
Soon, he scooted off across the driveway. Hopefully, he's clearing the crawlspace of the mice that like to sneak into the pantry. I like the mice too, but not chewing up my food!
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