I went out to my garden to pick some of my ripe tomatoes yesterday, minding my own business when something dark to the right of my hand caught my eye... this was staring me in the face:
This water moccasin got tangled up in the mesh I have draping over my tomato plants to keep the birds and pests out. I guess it did it's job... sort of. Needless to day, I jumped back and let out a little scream and went running inside. I called Jeff to come home as soon as he could to come to my rescue and kill this ugly snake (at the time I did not stay out there long enough to investigate if it was alive or dead). As soon as he got home he found that it had died and just cut it out of the mesh (my hero!) lol. It had to be at least 3 1/2 feet long! I'm glad that it was already dead when I went out there since my hand was right next to it's head. This was a little too close for comfort if you ask me! The people that live behind us have a pond and there is a ditch between the properties, so I guess this was inevitable, but now I am going to be a lot more careful and keep my eyes pealed for more of these guys.