Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The king: second graders find one last surprise
Second graders are fun. They're also impressionable.
Yesterday, we were on the way back from a long walk on the trails at Ijams. We were looking for "connections in nature" and examples of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.
We had already found frogs, birds, tadpoles, salamander eggs, spiders in webs and even insects that hide inside spit. We were tired and a bit hunger, with only a short distance to go on the North Cove Trail when what should appear?
A substantially long eastern kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula) moving slowly across the trail in front of us. Our jaws dropped. We watched in silence.
"What do you think the king eats?" I quietly asked.
Perplexed, they shrugged.
"They eat other snakes!"
WOW! That's impressive and it makes them impressive carnivores.
- Text and photo by Stephen Lyn Bales