Here is a little “friend” we discovered in the woods behind the Abbey Store at the monastery where I work.
Needless to say, Saint Patrick is not in Georgia. This, of course, is a black snake, who helps to control the population of field mice throughout the largely wooded grounds of the monastery — so this slithery fellow is one of the good guys. But if snakes are not your thing, you can rest assured that this creature will not be joining us in Northern Ireland this summer!
He (or she) will stay in Georgia, where he belongs.
The pictures don’t really show this, but my serpentine friend was about four feet long.