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By 9:55 PM


Not what you want to come upon when you're on a walk. But there he was, plain as day, stretched out across my path. He must have been at least four feet long.

Bootsie skipped past him. I was right behind her but I didn't see him until I was one step away from him. I stopped in my tracks when I spotted this oily tan body.

Boots had no idea what she left in the dust as I was left staring right at him. Not knowing how quickly such a creature could strike, I dashed past him without a second thought. But it wasn't out of fear for myself, as much as wanting to distract Bootsie from heading back towards me. Who knew what she would do if she came face to face with a live snake. I didn't want her getting tangled up, quite literally, in a surprise encounter. When I caught up to her, I grabbed her collar and leashed her on the spot without raising suspicion. Mission accomplished.

I've always been repulsed and fascinated by snakes. But I know too little to identify his particular kind. He was a beefy fellow, probably three inches in diameter.

He moved rather slowly, perhaps having swallowed a gopher for lunch. Maybe he was moving out of the grass to warm his body under the sun. At one point our eyes met. He froze with his head held up towards me. It was almost as if he were saying, "Go ahead, I'll let it slide this time."

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  1. cool! it's a garter snake, kt! maybe checkered garter to be exact, but not sure.

  2. It was at Point Isabel. I almost called you too!

  3. Have you ever took me there?

    Remind you my sign is "Serpent."

  4. I don't think you've been there. I know you're hebi.