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May 24, 2011

Snakes Canoodling: Further Adventures of a Carpenter Gone Primitive
Filed under: Construction Superintendents — Tags: — nedpelger

Randy’s been watching snakes lately. He called us over for a gander. The photo below shows six water snakes lounging on a section of fence at our meadow. Randy explained that the big female (top right) is already bred, because the males crawl right over her and don’t stop to canoodle. Randy watched them mate a while ago.┬áThe female in the fence post on the left, though, seems to be the primary source of interest for the scrawny males. ┬áRandy knows them all.

You may recall that Randy closed his one man construction business over a year ago, partly due to the economy and partly because he wanted a change. He’s morphed his amazing carpentry skills into animal husbandry and natural man. His stress level plummeted, though the wet winter and spring have upset his plans, which causes a different kind of stress.

So he’s out of the rat race, but still watching snakes. I guess that makes sense on some level. He lives a simple life with few needs. It wouldn’t be for everyone, but seems to suit him. It’s good to know there are options.