A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Too Close For Comfort

Lake Limestone
Jewett, Texas

One of my daily walks down to the boat ramp.

Coming up from the water to my left about four feet away where that gap is in the rocks was...

Now I am not afraid of snakes and generally admire them.  But I am not too proud to say that this encounter really quite unnerved me.  See, out west where I am from snakes that are this big and look like this are rattlesnakes and they always warn you ahead of time by their rattle.  
This snake made no noise as I blindly and unknowingly approached it.

Once I regained my composure I was able to get these pictures.  I was thinking this could be a water moccasin, or cottonmouth.  I had never seen one before so this was a first for me.  To be sure it wasn't a rattlesnake of some species I was unfamiliar with I prodded it with a stick.  It slowly turned back under the rocks and I could see the tail with no rattles.

I got online and was able to identify it as a "harmless" water snake, non poisonous.  Notice the milky colored eye.  It is getting ready to shed its skin after hibernating over the winter in its den within these rocks.  There was another snake on the other side from this one about half its size and it quickly slithered back within the rocks as I approached it.

This partially explains what I found on my first day here at the lake by the boat ramp.  My guess is a fisherman saw one of these snakes, killed it by chopping off the head and left it there or slung it out into the lake.  There the fish made a meal out of it and a bird brought it up on shore to finish picking the bones clean.


  1. For the love of God you poked it with a stick! That's how tattooed drunk people get bit, after shouting, "Y,all watch this," of course! Yikes.

  2. I've never seen a snake skeleton before.

  3. That poor old snake did not deserve that

  4. Wow that is amazing. I don't like snakes. I've missed a few posts. Beans is brave girl. The cardinal is a gorgeous colour, we don’t have them here in the UK, and the scissor tailed flycatcher is beautiful, your camera did well. Happy Anniversary. I wish you many years of happy adventures.

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