(The bat was negative for rabies by the way)
So this week the receptionist called my class and asked if I could go catch a snake at the gym. The gym teacher was a little freaked out by it's presence. Another teacher covered my class for a moment and I went down to find this ...
Pretty scary, huh? Why this baby Hognose snake might have eaten half the 7th grade had I not arrrived quickly on the spot.
The gym teacher made a common mistake, thinking this was a pygmy rattler. I imagine alot of Hognose snakes meet the hoe or shovel blade because of that.
The poor, completely harmless hognose has a body type and coloration which does make you think rattler when you first see them. Their only defense is a flattening of the head and hiss, ... which does NOT help their case when a frightened human is holding a shovel poised to strike.
Or, they will flip over and play dead ... again, not the best tactic when a snakeaphobe is about to whack you into snake nuggets with a garden tool.
Here he is where he belongs, safe in my woods after a ride home in a box. Take a good look at these pics, so you can recognize this little cutie when you come across them.
This one had the misfortune to be crossing the road at the same time a snake hater drove by. There is vast wooded acreage on either side of this road and no reason, not one, to have run over it as it crossed.
It was still twitching and moving when I came along. Just a few minutes earlier and the story would have been different, because I would have scooched it off the pavement.
Don't squish it.