IT’S SNUGGLE TIME for this pile of Lake Erie Watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon insularum). This is a threatened subspecies (or possibly local race) of the Northern Water Snake, found on the western islands of Lake Erie in Ohio, UNited States, and Ontario, Canada.
(read more at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Endangered Species)
(Photo: Matthew Rogers) (via: Center for Snake Conservation)
This is why I like taking pictures myself. My dad took these and that’s why they’re so blurry.
Well, anyway, my dad and brother came back from taking the dog for a walk today with a snake. An adorably tiny little snake. They found it on the road and picked it up so it wouldn’t get run over.
I held it for a bit (like three minutes or something, just to look at it) and then released it outside.
It didn’t move, so I poked it a bit, and then picked it back up.
It didn’t even try to get away…
Snake, you’re wild. Why did you let me hold you!?
Probably because you didn’t threaten it. Most wild animals only act aggressively or try to escape when they feel threatened. From the looks of things, I’d say this might be a young brown snake (Storeria); if it’s young enough it may not have been exposed to humans before now and therefore not have an instinctive fear of them. It may have felt a bit threatened when originally picked up, but once it realised that the big pink tree that it was on meant no harm, there was no reason to behave aggressively.