Baking chicken in a cast-iron skillet is highly suggested

These past few days have been nice.  We both have had time to spend with each other doing things that we love.  From cooking to shopping for our Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/sameKVintage) to snake hunting and nature exploring, our time has been spent freely doing what it is that we enjoy.

Snake hunting… snake hunting… we keep mentioning snake hunting!  Well, Krystian is going to take the controls and describe our recent snake hunting experiences!

Hello bloggers and fellow snake enthusiasts, I am Krystian and I have been told by experts that I am an expert in the field of herpetology.  Short relevant background:  BA Psychology, Asso Biology – emphasis in animal behavior.  I have been observing & interacting with snakes for 25 years now and  have handled and kept in captivity everything from garter snakes to spitting cobras.  Field work (snake hunting, herping, etc…) is something I highly enjoy and try to do with regularity.  Plus side, Mary is passionately apprenticing under me, she’s really into it!

So I caught a Fence Lizard, also referred to as a Fence Swift, as our first reptile in the adventure.

Fence Lizard/Swift  Baldwin County, AL Male

Fence Lizard/Swift
Baldwin County, AL
Male

Mary is apprenticing and so far, concerning wild specimens, Mary is starting with handling lizards that I catch.  It won’t be long until Mary is finding her own snakes and bringing them to me.

Fence Lizard/Swift Baldwin County, AL Male

Fence Lizard/Swift
Baldwin County, AL
Male

It was not very long until I found a juvenile Southern Black Racer.

Juvenile Southern Black Racer Baldwin County, AL

Juvenile Southern Black Racer
Baldwin County, AL

He was pretty calm for a snake that is known to be a little spastic.  Like I told Mary when she was petting it, “It’s all in the capture; keep it calm.”.

Southern Black Racer Baldwin County, AL

Southern Black Racer
Baldwin County, AL

Southern Black Racer Baldwin County, AL

Southern Black Racer
Baldwin County, AL

We do not always catch reptiles.  They are surprisingly hard to find in their own habitat so it really bothers me when people see and kill snakes in their yards or in the roads.  As Mary is learning, we have about a 10% success rate when it comes to finding snakes on days we decide to snake hunt.  Whether we find them or not, I love that fact that I have a beautiful woman that enjoys my random hobby with me, and nature’s beauty is always a plus!

Wildflowers that we have not bothered to identify yet.

Wildflowers that seem to be a relative to the lilac species.

 

Wildflowers I picked for Mary on a back road whilst snake-hunting.  It had a minty smell to it.  We have not identified it yet.

Wildflowers picked on a back road whilst snake-hunting. It had a minty smell. We have not attempted to identify it yet.

 

Wild-berries in the brush.

Wild-berries in the brush.

Remember to appreciate Mother Nature!!

 

 

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