Snakeskin Clues

A few months ago I had covered some soil with black plastic to keep it dry.  Last week I removed the plastic and, among other things, found this strange looking ribbon.  Let’s take a closer look.

That’s not just any ribbon.  That is snakeskin!  While snakes grow, their skin does not.  In order to make room for more snake they need to shed their skin.

This must mean that a snake is nearby.  But where is the snake?

Right here (photo is a bit fuzzy because of the shade).  In fact, lifting the plastic over another part of the dirt pile revealed two of them.  This is a Northwestern Garter Snake.  According to National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest, they like to eat slugs and earthworms.  Both of these are plentiful in our yard.  As I’ve posted before, I rely on snakes to help control the slugs in my garden.

Snakeskin is a very welcome sight.

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