by Donna Lewis
Early in the morning on Saturday, August 14, I was looking for my friend the Gulf Coast Toad that I say hi to on most mornings. She is a big girl that lives under the faucet where I had put a flat rock for her to hollow out her house. It is always damp so she likes it there.
I like frogs and toads. They are gentle and sweet. I didn’t see her pop her head out to see me this morning. Instead another head with a yellow mouth outline looked up at me. Oh no, I think something got my friend, I thought.
I could only see about an inch of its head. It looked like a lizard of some kind. Well, I am not afraid of lizards so I decided to take a photo of it. You can see the first photo I took, before anyone poked their head out.
So I tossed a little rock in the hole to encourage it to come out for me so I could take a photo. I leaned down pretty close to the hole. Woo boy!!! Something came out alright, but it wasn’t a lizard.
You don’t see any second photo because I jumped back as fast as I could. It was a black snake with a yellow mouth and belly. It shot out that hole and came at me really fast!!
I must admit it scared me. I am surprised I could move that fast. After looking through my snake guide I learned that it was a Yellowbelly (or plain belly), a non venomous water snake. The guide also said it was a vigorous biter. I am glad I didn’t find out how vigorous.
So, I am sad about my toad friend…life outside.