Just look at this beautiful boy! Our neighbor lifted up a paving stone while doing some gardening and found him chilling underneath. Oh, the screams when she discovered him, it was hilarious. She yelled for us to come over and her husband and I managed to wrangle the baby into a styrofoam cooler while she made a frantic call to a pest control company. (He’s really very tiny, only as big around as my thumb.)
I tried to point out his oval-shaped head and his round pupils, all indicative of a non-venomous snake, but she was completely convinced he was a rattlesnake and he HAD TO GO. Poor tiny frightened snakelet. I wanted to release him into our garden but instead we took him to the wooded spot where I do my frog observations. He seemed happy enough when he slithered out and headed immediately for a pile of old leaves and mud under a cypress tree.