Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Snakes, wildflowers and insects

Texas blind snake (Leptotyphlops dulcis)
Last Saturday, James put in a new flower bed in the back yard while I potted up volunteers to give away. When he was moving rocks, he came upon several Texas blind snakes, hiding within a rock's holes. I snapped some photos, then we released them beneath the turk's cap, where they quickly slithered into the mulch and leaf debris. Don't worry–they're completely harmless!  

(Thanks to reader Blake Hendon for correcting the ID of this snake!!!)

Bee (Anthophora sp.) resting on an 'Indigo Spires' leaf.

Queens and monarchs are enjoying the blue mistflowers.

Wildflowers in our meadow:

Silver-leaf nightshade with a colorful beetle

Silver dwarf morning-glory (Evolvulus sericeus)

Texas bindweed

Fineleaf four-nerved daisy (Tetraneuris linearifolia var. linearifolia)


Blake Hendon said...


The pictures of the snakes caught my eye. I recently found and identified a snake as a plains threadsnake. They are sometimes called the Texas blind snake. It looked just like the snake(s) you found. They are similar to the earth snakes, but there are a few differences. The blunt tail visible in one of the pictures really fits the description of the threadsnake. Could your snake also be a threadsnake?

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

I believe you're right! I'll make a correction (and credit YOU). Also, I'll check back on older posts. I ALWAYS want to post accurate info only! Thanks, Blake!

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