eastern black racer

If you haven’t spotted one yet, be patient fellow gardener, you will. This is just my seasonal reminder that those “narrow fellows” (thanks to Emily Dickinson for that comparison) are on the move during March, leaving their higher and drier winter hideouts for more fruitful haunts.

Yes, that means they are hungry and will be out hunting. That’s not a bad thing as snakes in your garden will be taking care of rodents (hopefully thinning out those annoying and destructive squirrels) and insects. Yes they’ll probably claim their share of bird eggs and baby birds too, but that’s just a part of nature and all the creatures have to eat. That’s yet another reason to keep your cat indoors because that is one well-fed predator that isn’t a part of the environment of your yard and garden, no matter how much Puss enjoys his naps in the sun and avian hors d’oeuvres.

Step lightly and welcome those migrating snakes with open arms. Okay, maybe not open arms per se, just be glad they’ve chosen your yard to visit.

And on the flip side, they’ll be migrating back through come October, headed for higher-drier ground for the winter.