Anyway, as I was folding R12 came running up the stairs to tell me she'd seen a snake. I asked what kind and she didn't know so I asked her what color it was. I was expecting to hear "black", but instead she answered, "tan with diamonds". I put down the laundry and we went immediately to the laptop for a little snake identification. Because where I come from, "tan with diamonds" is not really a snake to mess with. Whatsoever.
I showed her pictures of the Copperhead and of the Timber Rattler and thankfully she decided it wasn't either of those. She settled on a garter snake- I guess the diamond pattern was small not big.
|Photo of the Copperhead from Public-Domain-Image|
However, we did have a look at lots of Copperhead facts because they are found around here and we do have a wood pile. We enjoyed copperhead-snake.com which had all sorts of facts about copperheads. For example, did you know that copperheads give birth to live young?
We have not taken the time to do a drawing yet, but I think we will. Living among boxes does not lend well to activities like drawing, but I happen to know where our nature box is and I think we can find the chalk pastels. There were some things I kept out and didn't pack. These items are among the chosen few!
Every time the kids run out to the woods I tell them to come back and tell me something new they saw. This time it provided a great lesson on snakes and snake safety!