It was a little unexpected. Donna and I were out in the front yard counting chipmunks (not a euphemism!) yesterday afternoon when I noticed my dog Atomic playing with something a few feet away. Turns out it was about a two-and-a-half foot snake skin,
We have a fair amount of garter snakes on the island which is great news. They only do good things in your garden and though they are mildly venomous I've never heard of anyone being really hurt by one.
Looking over the discarded skin I was very impressed with what a complete specimen it was, almost like a whole other snake. But I also realized my own ignorance about the hows and whys of snake skin shedding. I can't figure out how a snake (or my late beloved tarantula Fluffy) could manufacture a second skin on the outside its body and then crawl out of it. It seems like a lot of work to end up looking essentially the same as you were before you bothered. So what's that deal?