Following on the post I shared for May, #amomentinnature for June is a small Dekay's brown snake that I uncovered in the mulch pile. I have had a pile of tree trimmings on the hot driveway for over a year and this week I decided to finish distributing it in advance of getting a new load. Small reptiles have enjoyed the pile, using the heat of it to warm up. Earlier I found what appear to be snake eggs in it.
|Dekay's brown snake on oak sapling with grass|
This small and relatively common snake was just under the top layer and she appeared to be pregnant. I used a stick to relocate her to the side of the driveway where she rested for a while in a small oak sapling. I took some of the pile and created a small mound near her. Later I saw her moving through the upper layers and she looked thinner.
|Harmless Dekay's brown snake in mulch|
I enjoy finding wildlife in my yard. We also found the first box turtles of the year this week. They were busy making more box turtles!