Left Behind

DSC_0257aI’ve never seen a snake shed its skin. It might be fascinating. Probably is. But I wouldn’t want to see the process in person.

DSC_0161aI think it’s about 3 feet long. It’s from today’s dog walk. The dog’s had no response at all.

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24 thoughts on “Left Behind

    1. Very very lucky indeed, Peggy. I considered taking it home, but then my partner suggested that other hikers would also enjoy seeing it on the trail. She’s wise that way.

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        1. There are not many people who use this trail, which makes it very pleasurable to walk. The only folks I’ve seen up there are real hiker & bird watcher types. So I think these are the very people who’d enjoy it.

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  1. I’ve seen one or two discarded snake skins on hikes, but snakes creep me out so much that I usually rush past pictures of them… used to be in books, now I have to do the same online! O_o

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    1. Okay, so you just peeked at these pictures with one eye closed, and the other eye just open for a second or two!!!
      No more pictures of snakes are in the pipeline. 😉

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    1. I studied & took a couple of pictures of the back end, and it doesn’t look like there was any room for a rattle. So I think not. But just to be safe, I went to the garage and pulled my stomper hiking boots from my camping supplies.

      I don’t recall whether I posted a picture of another snake we came across (a live one) — it was pink & yellow. I took a picture on my phone, and looked it up. It was a boa. Can’t remember what kind of boa (like that dogwood flower!!!) but I do recall that it’s not dangerous.

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      1. FYI… keep the stomper boots handy. Rattlesnakes don’t shed their rattles. They add rattles each time they shed their skin. Stomp hard when you’re hiking in their territory!

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        1. Yikes! Thanks Gunta (and Eric too I think). I do wear a little bell and I carry a small canister of pepper spray. I will be stomping next time I’m out.

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          1. I lived in rattler country long enough to be aware (& yes, Eric confirms my thoughts). They’re generally not aggressive, but don’t like being surprised. So some stomping is in order, but mostly don’t reach for a rock or a hunk of wood with your hands. I would be more concerned about the dogs. They aren’t always aware of the danger and far more apt to get a lethal dose.

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            1. Oh, I’d forgotten about you living in Utah. Of course you’d know about rattler encounters.
              Thank you for the very good advice. Yes, we’re going to have to keep a tighter leash on the dogs.

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      2. Actually, I don’t think the rattle sheds, come to think of it. You can tell the age of a rattler by the number of segments in its rattle. What I would worry about is its striking distance – three feet is a lot! You know to freeze when you hear that sound, but Rufus and Frieda? I dunno!

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        1. Rufus & Frieda will be on shorter leashes, for sure. I think, though, that they won’t feel cheated as long as they get to go. They fancy themselves Forest Dogs. All they need is a chauffeur.

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