The Snakeskin

I know what you’re thinking: you can’t see the numbers on the yardstick, right? Well, I can barely make them out as well. I don’t even think the thing is a yardstick—how can it be? It measures up to 42 inches – last time I checked, a yard measured 36 inches.

Skin of a Blacksnake

Suffice to say, the snakeskin next to it is in excess of 5 feet. It was quite the find—and recent too—eyeholes and tail intact. He (or she) certainly wasn’t in a hurry to get out of it.

My husband found it in a quiet corner of the barn we call “the shop.” Now, years ago, I would’ve been anything but proud to show it off. Yet since moving to a farm, there are some critters I just can’t manage on my own…and those are rodents. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll ever be proud to say “we have rodents!!.” So, I’ll let the black snakes alone because they’re good things to have around – Great Circle of Life and all. And I’m kind of proud of that snakeskin too.