Staying Out Late


This is a really cute baby Coachwhip Snake (Masticophis flagellum) that Marble brought inside and presented to us on Saturday. The morning temperatures have been freezing  down to the mid teens in the mornings, but the high was around 70º F on Saturday afternoon; therefore, I guess this little guy was out trying to find another meal before hibernating, or Marble was scratching around in the mulch and found the snake. Lizards and snakes like to burrow into the mulch when it’s cold outside. The mulch is warm campared to the outside temperatures because of the composting action. You can see a photo of steam rising from one of our mulch piles on a cold morning at You can also see photos of a pair of adult Coachwhip Snakes in their mating ritual at And lastly, you can see Spunk’s reaction to a Coachwhip Snake at



37 thoughts on “Staying Out Late

  1. Such a pretty little snake! Great photo Tim. My son had a Corn Snake but after a year or so I convinced him to set him free in a large field near the house. He was a constrictor and lived in an aquarium in his room….agg. He got loose one night, .
    My eyes were as big as Spunks!

    • I had a bull snake that was an escape artist, and my mom would usually find him hissing at her in places like her typewriter or sewing machine table. My mom put up with a lot from me when I was a kind.

      • I can relate to that. I let him have his “boy” things though. Feeding the snake was a big issue for me. Well, you know….I won’t go into detail on that. 🙂

      • Feeding is a lot easier these days as you can by pre-killed frozen rodents, thaw them, heat them up and feed them to the snake. I rarely fed live rodents to my snakes.

      • he would have to buy them from the pet store, sold just for this purpose ( don’t tell anyone this) and with the help of his father, wrap it and… I’m sure you know the rest, I was so glad to get rid of the snake.

      • There’s a woman I see walking her dogs on the ditch bank. We often stop and talk. She said her son got a Corn Snake several years ago. Her son has grown up and moved out, and she still has the Corn snake, which she feeds and takes care of.

      • TO each his own. Do you collect snakes Tim? No poisonous though ? We are besieged with python here in the Everglades. There not indigenous but turned loose by owners. It’s open season on them and catching them is quite lucrative . I don’t know what they do with them. It’s sad but they are killing off the natural inhabitants.

      • I’ve had snakes most of my life. No venomous snakes. I still have a boa constrictor (we’ve had her for 19 years), but our daughter has her now. I had a stem cell transplant in 2016, and my immune system still isn’t the best, so I should not handle snakes or other reptiles since they carry salmonella. I’m well aware of the python problem in Florida.

      • I hope you are doing well since the transplant. I only recently learned that reptiles can carry Salmonella.
        I have an interesting anecdote on that but will save it for now. We are also overwhelmed with Iguana, they sleep in sun along the high ways. It’s a jungle here 😊 have a great day Tim!

    • The kittens (adults now) often bring things in without injuring them. I’m always chasing lizards, bunnies, gophers, birds, and large moths around the house. For some reason they don’t seem to catch the squirrels.

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