Sunning in Harm’s Way

While driving back from the bouldering area of Albarracin, I drove over a snake sunning in the road. It was overcast. We stopped to remove him from the road as he sat in the middle. I looked up the type, and of the 13 snakes in the region, he apparently is the Ladder Snake (Rhinechis scalars), a non-poisonous but aggressive type. 

What appears to be a Ladder Snake is in the middle of the road.

What appears to be a Ladder Snake is in the middle of the road.

These images are on Wikipedia.org:

A mature ladder snake. You can see remnants of the 'ladder' markings as faded dots.

A mature ladder snake. You can see remnants of the ‘ladder’ markings as faded dots.

A young snake with the 'ladder' markings.

A young snake with the ‘ladder’ markings.

And here I’m doing my duty to preserve nature’s abundance. 🙂

I moved him about 20 feet off the road, but he'll probably just return another day.

I moved him about 20 feet off the road, but he’ll probably just return another day.

Now we have a new use for a stick brush. According to iberianature.com, of those 13 snakes 5 are poisonous.

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~ by r. mulligan on 2014/05/25.

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