Julie Vs. Wildlife: Yes, more of that.

Yesterday I was walking through the parking lot on my way in to give a final when my attention was drawn to a snake in the parking lot.

Let’s back up and emphasize that: there was a snake. In the parking lot.

Now, I know what a garter snake looks like, and this was not a garter snake. I took a photo of the snake, mainly because I couldn’t believe it was tooling around in the faculty parking lot. Also because our campus is surrounded by streams and a preserve, and I had no idea what kind of snake it was. I doubted it was poisonous… but since it was currently camped out by someone’s front tire, I didn’t feel comfortable walking away and going  “Hope that situation doesn’t break bad later!!!” Essentially my thought process went like this: wild animal in the parking lot+ high possibility of the animal being hurt or killed + lesser possibility of someone getting bitten (even if not seriously)+ must go in and give my final in 5 minutes=better call Campus Security and let them deal with it.

I called Campus Security and they behaved as though I had called them out to kill a spider on my windshield. As I knelt near the snake taking my photo, close enough to touch it and clearly not a frightened ninny, they were saying patronizingly, “It’s not going to hurt you. It’s just going to crawl on home before your class is over.” I said, “Well, I don’t know what kind of snake this is, and I don’t know whether it’s safe to allow it to move through the parking lot without doing something about it.” One of the CSOs replied, “Well, I can’t put it in cuffs. There’s nothing I can do.”

Apparently, calling Animal Control never occurred to them. Anyway, I’d love to know what kind of snake it was. So far most people have said it was a water snake. Any other guesses?


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