Seedlings and Snakes: Let the Season Begin!

It was exactly two weeks ago today that Ms. Jeannie got going on her spring garden with the official planting of the seeds. And now here we are just 14 days later with sprouts that look like dancers…

s2

The cucumbers and the snow peas are winning the race towards bloom day…

s3

s10

And the okra is not far behind…

s9

Even the lone zinnia in the rescued and re-purposed pitcher has come to surface. Not doubt happy to have such an exotic home!

s5

 

It is always fun to watch how each kind of seed unfurls…

seedlings 007

The dill is dainty…

s6

…while wax beans look downright pre-historic…

s8

And then there was the sighting of an actual pre-historic…

snake

“Just a baby,” said Mr. Jeannie Ology. This “baby” indeed, was three feet long, which was plenty long for the likes of Ms. Jeannie. Hopefully this little one will be gracious enough to stay out of the greenhouse!

Identified!

An identification has been made!

Thanks to Dave the snake expert, the snake skin Ms. Jeannie blogged about the other day has been determined to be a black racer, a common constrictor snake found in the Southern US.

Black Racer Snake. Photo courtesy of GeorgiaInfo

Ms. Jeannie is SO glad she did not see this snake in all its real-life glory!

They can reach up to 60″ inches in length, so Ms. Jeannie’s snake skin was well on its way to being a mature adult at 47″ inches long.

Active during the day, racers got their name because they are fast movers. Similiar snakes are the black snake, the rat snake and the king snake, but the racer is the only one of these grouping who will actively (sometimes aggressively) try to get away from humans while the other snakes will just freeze in their tracks or slowly slink off.

It is believed (although scientifically unproven) that snakes evolved from burrowing lizards over 130 million years ago. Through all these years of evolution, snakes have developed a a very sophisticated sense of smell and the ability to feel vibrations in their environment.

At night the black racers like to curl up in old tree stumps, between boards, or other out of the way places which makes sense that the snake skin was found in the shed.

Hopefully, this will be the end of Ms. Jeannie’s snake blogs!

Thanks again to Dave for the helpful info!