I couldn't help but share this photo of what I've found four weeks ago. This was a snake I've found in my backyard and it comes with a story:
I was in the middle of mowing my lawn when I noticed the tall bits of grass close to my pool. I couldn't help but stop and pluck them out so I could mow over them. But when I was in the middle of doing that, I saw something squirming around. I thought it was a worm at first, then I realized it wasn't a worm. I then discovered it was a snake. Before you ask, no I wasn't scared, I was instead curious. You see, like hawks and opossums, snakes are pretty rare in where I live. We usually see small birds (sparrows, pigeons, crows, mourning doves, red-winged blackbirds, cardinals, grackles, bluejays, starlings, and robins), gray squirrels, ducks, geese, egrets, turtles, sea gulls, and rabbits, which are now becoming a common site. Anyway, I wanted to see this snake up close, so I got it out of the grass and it was as long as three pens. I was aware that the snake's head and neck were in an S-shape, which means it's going on defense (and bite to protect itself). Despite that I was trying to be as careful as I can, it never bit me! No matter how much I handle it, the snake never bit me. I figured it never wanted to bite me, it just wanted to get away from me. But I didn't want to mow over it with my lawn mower, so I looked around where I can relocate the snake to and I've found and area where I already mowed (which was close to one of those small pine trees at the back of our fence. So I picked the snake up and put it down on the area where I already mowed, where it could be safe. Once I knew the snake was safe, I turned my back on it and went back to mowing the lawn. When I was done and got back to check on the snake, it was already gone. I was still happy to encounter that snake (and keep it safe). I then shared it with my family. My mom shared the story on Facebook, even when I sent this photo to her.
As for the snake, don't worry. It wasn't the venomous type, it was probably a constrictor. It was like a garter snake, but, as I checked it out, it was probably a Northern Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi). And during this encounter, I was wearing gloves.