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   Sep 12

A snake, a frog and a hysterical dog

I came home to quite the scene on Monday afternoon. My dog, Molly, was barking and  jutting back and forth at something in the grass. Despite the fact that my hands were full, I decided to see what she was harassing. I wasn’t prepared for what I came upon. Just around the corner of our house was a snake, with the bottom half of a frog sticking out of its mouth.

I hate snakes so seeing it immediately gave me the creeps. Molly kept lunging at the snake. Amazingly the snake would lunge back freaking out the dog and myself. I started shrieking. I’m not sure why but it was a lot to take in.

My husband, who didn’t realize I had arrived home, came charging out of the house thinking I was being killed or something. It took him a moment to take in what was going on. Seeing their opportunity to escape the house, my four-year-old and three-year old ran out of the  house to join the chaotic scene.

We all stood in the yard for a moment watching the poor snake try to defend itself. Then we offered suggestions on what to do. My son wanted to pick up the snake and take it in the house. His suggestion was quickly vetoed. My daughter wanted to hit it with a stick. I thought that a more reasonable suggestion but not necessary.

In the end we decided it would be better to put the dog inside and leave it alone. A little calmer, I saw a teaching moment in the whole thing so we watched as the snake enveloped the rest of the frog. It was interesting to see the frog’s body disappeared into the snakes mouth. And then to watch the frog shaped lump move down the snake’s body.

Both my kids have told the story of the frog/snake fiasco to everyone we’ve come in contact with over the last few days. While it still gives me shivers thinking about it, I’m sort of glad it happened.

With all that being said, I owe my readers an apology. With the new baby, this summer got away from me. My garden consisted of onions, lettuce and tomatoes. At least it was something. A few weeks ago I tried tabbouleh and fell in love. Traditionally the dish is made with wheat bulgur but I’ve been making it with quinoa. Enjoy.

Tabbouleh

1 cup cooked quinoa

3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

2 cucumbers

3 Green onions, chopped

Three garlic cloves minced

1 cup fresh parsley

1/3 cup fresh mint leaves

½ cup lemon juice

4 tablespoons olive oil

Mix all the ingredients together and then refrigerate for at least two hours. Toss again before serving.  Serve with pita bread.

 

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One Comment

  1. Evan Hazard says:

    Neat. Thanks for not killing the snake. Sounds like a garter snake. Carrying it into the house would have been unpleasant. Garter snakes poop on you when caught, and it’s really offensive.

    How does a limbless animal get a frog to go down its throat? Snakes have six rows of backward curving teeth [4 upper and 2 lower]. Their lower jaws are loosely connected up front: snakes can move them independently. Slide left jaw forward, then pull it back. The backward-pointing teeth hook into the frog, moving it backward. Meanwhile, right jaw has slid forward, ready to hook into the frog. Repeat left and right until frog is on its way south. Then go to a sheltered spot to digest for a few days. Catch another frog next week or month.

    That same loose connection of the jaws, and the general flexibility of a snake’s skull bones enable a snake to engulf prey much wider than the snake’s usual skull width.

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