Estimated distance: 2.76 miles
Weather: 80°F, partly cloudy
Resources: McLean Game Refuge, Map,
Highlights of the trip: milk snake, kingfisher
Progress toward 2016 hiking goals: 33/52 hikes; 129.32/250 miles; 31.37/25 miles on Tunxis Trail
Just a short hike today in the refuge. I did one of my usual loops and, after going up the hill past Kettle Pond and taking the trail that skirts the field, I walked by a "stick". Wait a second. Let me turn around and look again. As you can see below, it was not a stick, but a snake.
It did not move as I approached. Was it dead? I crouched nearby and watched and eventually tossed a few pine needles in its direction. It "rattled" its tail. It is not a rattlesnake, but the vibration of the tail must have been hitting some dried leaves and it certainly gave me pause. Checked - no rattle on tail.
I walked around to the other side of the snake and now I could see it kind of roll a little. I am not sure why it was not moving away from me. I couldn't see any injury. I decided to let it be. After comparing my pictures to a reference book, I believe it is a milksnake (see the "V" on the back of its head). Here is a great guide to snakes in CT.
|A few pink waterlilies.|
|Mountain laurel in bloom around Spring Pond.|