So, when we moved to our new house with this gorgeous back yard that backs up to a creek area…
…we knew that would would also have our share of critters and vermin. In fact, the family that sold the house to us left behind an armadillo trap. (If you’ve never been to Texas and seen an armadillo, they look like fairy tale animals. But I assure you – they are real!) Armadillos tend to dig up flower beds, etc, looking for stuff to eat. And according to our next-door neighbors, they can carry leprosy, so they’re not great critters to have around.
However, armadillos are not the point of this story. This is the point of this story:
The lizard surprised us on the front porch on Friday. I told the boys to go stand by the front door so that I could take their picture, and this good-sized lizard made me jump as it slithered away under the siding of the house! It kept coming out all day, and the boys would open the front door to peek at it, then it would run away under the siding, etc, etc.
The snake was on the back patio this morning when my husband took out the trash. He walked within inches of it on the way to the trash can, and then saw it on the way back! Two of the boys and I had already left for church, so we missed all the fun! Thankfully Daddy got some great pictures. And I have no doubt it will be back…
We don’t know what kind of lizard it is, but we’re pretty sure the snake is a rat snake (non-venomous).
Normally, I love to explore God’s world with the kids, but I’m hoping these critters will stay far, far away!