Northern Redbelly Snake - Haiku Poems
Small snake glides in grass ~
taken up by gentle hand.
Happy finger play!
Big Eyes On A Snake Close Up
Haiku should be untitled to not influence meaning, but should be beautiful in simplicity and have meaning beyond what is possible to state in 3 short lines.
It is sensory poetry that is complex in syllable, and in it's simplicities is easy to understand.
Also, haiku should be able to be expressed with one breath, but most do not adhere to the 17 sounds or syllables. The sounds in Japanese are often shorter than our English syllable sounds.
Two big eyes for me ~
those that shine looking to feed.
Such A Tiny Friendly Snake
Northern Redbelly Snakes
These snakes are harmless to people and are of a gentle nature. They primarily live on snails and slugs, so people do like having them in their gardens as little helpers with pests. These little guys have small heads and are able to displace their jaws to get a slug in their mouths. They do not seem to care for the generous amount of slime that a slug may produce. Once the slug is down, the Redbelly will rub its face on a handy surface as a napkin to get the slime off. It is cute to watch.
The Redbellies have large eyes that help them hunt for prey.
You can see why these beautiful little creatures got their name from the reptile's red belly in the photos. The color is actually more of an orange red, and intensity of color of the belly can vary from lighter or darker color. Some of these snake's topside scales are gray while others are brown with a stripe pattern. The color of this species can vary quite a bit from shades of brown, gray, charcoal or mostly black on its upper side. Their scales have an almost translucent quality.
This snake's skin was supple, which made me think that an old skin had recently been shed and that this little guy or gal was with a fresh new skin for a photo shoot.
We have sub-zero winter weather where I live, but these snakes survive by gathering together for warmth while hibernating under rocks, in old ant hills or other natural homes for the winter. Though they are small, they are amazingly strong and durable to the elements.
Simply Beautiful Critters
Inspired by Nature's Wildlife
Nature and wildlife inspire me every day. None the less, I was initially startled when I spotted the tiny little snake weaving its way through the grass in the yard. The first thing I did was pick up the small creature in my hand, then I reached for the camera in my pocket.
At first the baby snake was trying to find a way to escape and hide. I suppose it was afraid I would eat it, and it took it some time to get use to the camera lens that looked like a big eye or maybe a mouth.
I expected the snake to musk on my hand, but it did not. Reptiles may musk as a defense mechanism. It probably tastes as bad as it smells and a predator may think twice about making it a meal. They may also play dead at times by going belly up, that has never fooled me though. Fleeing is the best bet for a snake of this diminutive size. This baby was approximately 7" long. Adults reach 14" to 16" in length. Although, I have seen one that was 18" long.
Once the little snake knew it was safe in my hand, it began to enjoy the warmth. All snakes rely on external sources for warmth. Then, magic happened as the Redbelly seemed to begin to play by weaving itself between my fingers. I could feel it's muscles as it intertwined and moved along. What wonderful wonderment!
Have you ever seen a Northern Red Bellied Snake?
Haiku and Humour
- Neonatal Snake Remedy Rhyme - Anxiety Coach
A fear of snake remedy put in a creative writing rhyme that is sure to free you of a snake phobia. You may believe this is a bit of literary nonsense or a nonsensical rhyme.
- Northern redbelly snake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata is a nonvenomous snake in the Colubridae family, a subspecies of Storeria occipitomaculata. It is sometimes referred to as a fire snake. It is endemic to North America."
Minnesota DNR Site
- Reptiles and Amphibians of Minnesota: Redbelly Snake: Minnesota DNR
"This tiny, nonvenomous snake, also known as the redbelly snake, is Minnesota's smallest snake. "
Minnesota is home to both the Northern Red Bellied Snake and the Black Hills Red Bellied Snake.
I mentioned that these are very hardy little snakes that can endure our northern winters. They are not hardy in captivity and keeping them would shorten their life span. They only have one lung and tend to have respiratory infections in captivity with no known treatment. They would need a hot rock, day light, and a night light. A very secure tank would be needed since they are escape artists. Also, a person would need to find a way to farm their favorite foods, which are slugs and snails.
The best thing to do is to enjoy them for a short period of time and then set them free to hunt in your garden. My brother use to carry Red Bellies in his shirt pocket for a day when he was young. He always set them free at the end of the day.