Snake!

In case the cockroach wasn’t enough: We went to the Post Office. About a block away from our house, we encountered a car that had stopped to let a snake cross a driveway. The snake was about a meter long, brown, with diamond patterning. He didn’t seem to have a rattle. He probably eats squirrels… Update: probably an Eastern Hognose Snake.

Snakes on a Plane

Snakes On A Plane. You can just imagine the pitch meeting. Turner: I have got this killer idea for an action horror movie. Ellis: Sure, hit me. Turner: OK, here’s the setup…there are a bunch of people on a plane. And the plane is carrying a load of, like, poisonous snakes. And the snakes are accidentally let out. Ellis: Are you drunk? Turner: No, listen, there’s more. Samuel L. Jackson is on the plane.

Texas wildlife update

The other day I was playing Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow when I saw something move across the floor near the kitchen.

“Oh crap,” I thought, “Another cockroach.”

I got up and grabbed something to squash it with. But it wasn’t a cockroach—it was a tiny lizard. He was approximately floor colored; brown with light brown stripes. I carefully caught him in a spare perspex dish from the refrigerator. He turned out to have sucker feet, and crawled up the side of it. I let him out in the garden.

So, I think it’s time for an update on the local wildlife.

Texas gardening

The temperature dipped below 26 celcius and the sky clouded over, which meant it was time to deal with the back garden. The builders had half-heartedly seeded the back of the house with non-native grass, which had gone crazy as soon as spring arrived. We had allowed it to become seriously overgrown, and now I was going to pay the price. I started off by giving it a once-over with the string trimmer, getting rid of the worst of the large bushy weeds and thinning out the grass a bit.