TOADS AND LIZARDS AND SNAKES - OH MY!

Here are a few shots of most of the cold-blooded critters in my garden. NONE are poisonous, though the Anole and Garter snake will bite very lightly if you make them...

This full-grown Mediterranean Gecko comes out

only at night to eat roaches and other night critters.

All eat things I would rather not have in my garden. None are likely to jump on me or my visitors. Heck, most are nearly impossible to catch, even when I try!

Like 'em or not, they all play important roles in and are part of what makes my garden gestalt... and are important participants in my official Wildlife Habitat.

Trick to dealing with those you don't like: take off your glasses, and garden with a little stick to rustle ahead of you when working in dense plantings or turning over stones or other hidey-places...

 

American toad - an amphibean that breeds in my water garden, not a true reptile - eats bugs and slugs at night.

 

Terrapin (box turtle) eats weeds and bugs.

 

 

Anoles (change colors like chameleons) eat spiders and insects up high during the day.

 

Skinks eat small stuff down low under stuff where it is dark and moist.

 

This mature Dekay's snake has a beautiful pattern, but a very tiny head (unlike the poisonous copperhead snake with a HUGE, arrowhead-shaped head) - and cannot bite even if you try to make it. Unable to. That's my daughter's hand holding it.

 

 

Baby worm snake beside an earthworm - hence it's common name.

 

Full-grown worm snake. Notice is very small head with no neck. This is the give-away that it is NOT poisonous. Can't bite, even if you try to make it.

 

 

This pretty garter snake had gotten caught in the wire mesh of my compost bin and had to be cut out. Though it's head is somewhat larger than its neck, it isn't as pronounced as that of a poisonous snake. But when the snake is scared it will flatten out to be more pronounced and menacing, and will make fake "strikes" and even little bites if provoked. It is a purely defensive move - you would do the same thing if you could and had to!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a weird world out there... and I choose to live and let live as best I can - especially when it comes to wildlife in my garden, which which is more than just birds and butterflies!L