This little beauty is a Prairie Ring-Necked Snake. I’ve stated here a number of times that we rarely see snakes when we visit Roundrock, but now this makes us two for two in recent visits.
We came upon this snake shortly after we had arrived that morning, and the fact that it stuck around long enuf for me to snap a few pictures of it had me worried at first. The rocks you see in the ground around it are the large chunks of gravel that comprise our road into our woods. I feared that we had just driven over the snake. After examining it a bit more closely, however, we realized it was still alive. I suppose it was sluggish because the morning was still cool. In any case, it soon slithered into the tall weeds beside the road, probably in search of some crickets or earthworms for breakfast.
- Coyote pups begin emerging from dens.