Kali and I took a walk in my preserve on Wednesday evening after she got home from work. As we walked along the trail that parallels the creek running through the preserve, I noticed a long snake skin on the ground.
The owner must have shed the skin very recently because it was still soft and supple.
I decided to bring it back to our Visitor Center to put it on display. However, it drew a lot of attention from other folks walking the trail that evening I was glad to be an ambassador for the natural world and for our organization. Maybe I should walk around with it draped around my neck all the time--sorta' like the puppies guys are advised to use to attract the attention of women.
By the way, the owner more than likely was a Northern Water Snake (Neroida sipedon sipedon), which are very common in the preserve. When I stretched it out to its full length, the skin measured 3' 11".