Do you suppose this little Plains garter snake is where humans got the idea for checkerboards and checkered tablecloths, and plaid shirts, and brick laying? What about laying tile? What would New York City be without checkered cabs?
This little guy was a bit stunned when he got bounced by a soccer ball in the back yard. He was just probably minding his own business looking for breakfast when a soccer ball fell from the heavens and landed right on top of him. Luckily, my son, like me, likes snakes. He came in to find me and we determined that said snakey was just a bit addle-brained from his encounter and not dead.
He normally would not be so anxious to pose for paparazzi, but was glad to be out of harms way. I held him for a bit to make sure he'd be okay, as anything lying still for even a moment will be found by fire ants and quickly consumed.
When he seemed properly peeved that I was holding him, I put him in my garden. Garters are a major consumer of slugs, snails and other plant eating beasties. He's more than welcome anytime. I just hope he stays off the soccer field that is my back yard. Next time he might not be so lucky.