Sunday, May 02, 2010
Work at the Farm While We're in the Hospital, What Is That?!?!
Thanks to everybody who worked at the farm yesterday and pulled together a great work day with a bunch of different folks from a bunch of different churches. Thanks especially to Michael Stanton who allowed his intern Mike Spicuzza to lead things at the home renovation work they are doing in Garfield so that he could take my place at Garfield Farm.
Lee and Nick lead things out at the Odessa Garden of Garfield Farm. Seems things went very well until they found this critter. My first thought is that this snake that they found in the wood pile in the garden is someone's pet that got away. Our garden is in a small wooded area in a populated city neighborhood. I figure it got out of an aquarium and found a space where mice and other critters live. Lee though made me aware that it's colorings look an awful lot like the most common venomous snake in Pennsylvania, a Copperhead. I've seen Eastern Rattlers twice in the wild, once in the Laurel Highlands of PA and once in the mountains of Virginia. I've never seen a Copperhead.
Can anybody help us out with the ID of this snake?