My contribution to Eileeninmd's Saturday's Critters #123. I stopped to take a picture of these horses...
And then I noticed Mr. (or Mrs.) Black Rat Snake heading across the horse trail toward the bike trail.
This snake is getting ready to shed its skin, else it wouldn't have stuck around. As it was, the bike trail is very busy (I much prefer to walk on the horse trail) and a pretty bad destination for a snake. So I stomped my feet to try to get it turned around.
Mr. Rat Snake was all, "You're not the boss of me!" And proceeded across the trail.
So I picked him up by the tail and put him back in the grass on the other side. (There was some disgruntlement, as you can see.)
And that was the end of that.
P.S. I plan to contribute to Anni's I'd Rather B Birdin', too, but I have to head back to D.C. first. P.P.S. Here are a couple more shots of the Red-bellied Woodpecker visit to the porch in W.V. early in April.
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