Thursday, 7 June 2012

Water snake - on the road again

We spotted one on the highway. It was wounded, and I imagine a bird picked it up, but the snake wasn't too happy.
They are threatened, and on their way to being endangered.

We gave it more than a break!
Gave it a nudge.

I think a bird snatched it and dropped it. It was at the side of the road, and a large crow was harassing it. I thought it was dead. There seemed to be puncture wounds. There was blood in its mouth.

With the long ice scraper, hubby pulled it off onto the shoulder of the road. A trio of school kids came by. Hubby told the 10-yr.-old boy to drop the rock he was about to throw at it. It slithered off to live another day. These snakes are threatened, and are an important part of the ecosystem.
If you spot a reptile, amphibian, go to Ontario Nature

Report them to the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas - just set up an account and use this reporting form online.

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Found at 4:03 pm, Wed., June 6. Happy 34th birthday, son-in-law, Jean-Luc!


Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I used to kill all sorts of snakes when I was a kid, especially the rattle snakes we had in our pastures. I'm a total live and let live kind of guy now.

Judy said...

I sure hope he recovers!

Red said...

Too bad there are uneducated people when it comes to looking after species at risk...including Harper.