Madison went across the street to the neighbor's to see some baby birds in a tree. She spotted this snake trying to get to the baby birds. She screamed as all proper teenage girls do, and men from all around came with shovels, pitchforks, and in John's case, a camera.
"And that there is what they call a water moccassin!" exclaimed the visiting neighbor's pawpaw to me in his deep Texas drawl. And to give you reference, the snake killer holding the snake is 6 feet and 4 inches tall. Yowsers! That's huge for a water snake. Especially a snake that kills small animals, and an occassional human. Or perhaps a small child or a pug? I am now on snake duty when my children want to enter the dangerous backyard.