Hubby decided to take advantage of some cooler weather this afternoon. The recent rains have certainly convinced the grass to grow in the yard.

When he lifted the riding mower hood to check the oil, he was  surprised by this eastern garter snake, resting quietly atop the motor.

We were glad it was not a copperhead or rattler.

As soon as I snapped the photo, Hubby got the snake off the mower and it rapidly slithered away to parts unknown.

Garter snakes eat bugs and small rodents for the most part, so we consider them partners in the life of Sunrise Ridge.

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