It was such a small snake. Very quiet and docile, hoping to be left alone. Sweet though it was, such a venomous creature could not live its small life in my garden. It was moving day.
We placed a pot on top of the bucket in case the snake decided to go places and then put the whole thing in the back of the car.
Murphy wanted to come along for the ride. Once he was sitting in the back seat, though, I think he had second thoughts. I think that he could smell our little reptile friend behind him.
Is this not the face of a worried dog? He was resolute, though, and never flinched from guarding us from the menace in the back of the car.
We drove the quarter of a mile to the end of our road and stopped at the rock wall there. The gate is the entrance to a cattle ranch -- no houses or people. A perfect place for a young snake to start a new life.
Bruce tipped the bucket...
...and the snake stretched out motionlessly on the lichen covered rock. The three of us watched each other for a few minutes (Murphy made himself scarce).
I'll say it again -- such a pretty little snake. He never moved and seemed perfectly content to stretch his small self along the rock. He blended in beautifully.
So we left him to begin his new life as a rock wall snake.
I do love a happy ending.