Ewww, I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to talk about snakes so soon after seeing the Common Wolf Snake (Lycodon capucinus) about 2 weeks ago, but no such luck.
I was checking the long bean plants at the far trellis when I noticed what I thought was a strip of white ribbon draped over a flowering plant growing at the base of the trellis. How odd that it tapered at one end, I thought – and then I realized that it was a discarded snake skin!
On the one hand, I was very freaked out and looked around quickly to make sure there were no snakes in the immediate vicinity. On the other hand, I was fascinated by the patterns on the snake skin…
The skin had a papery quality to it and reminded me of rice paper. It felt like if I wet it, it would get sticky. Not that I held it any more than I had to!
So, unless the snake skin shrank after being shed by the snake, this one should not have come from the snake that I saw – which is not a comforting thought, as that means there’s more than one snake in our garden.
To make things worse, the next day, I spotted another skin just a metre away, up on the wall. This one was smaller than the first. Again, I don’t know if the skins shrink and what effect water has on them, but this one was smaller than the first skin, and had been rained on.
I am not happy about this situation… Eww, eww, ewww!