|Can you see the snake on the right hand side?|
It makes me a little crazy because as you know things can fall into a well. Things like children and cats. Important things like that.
This well is about five feet deep. The water is usually at the half way point - about three feet, but sometimes after heavy rains it can be up to the top.
I tried to convince my husband to fill it with rocks or dirt or cement, but he refuses because he likes it. He thinks it is neat. I tried to talk him into covering it with a big metal grate (where can I find one?). He has plans to build some stone thing around it (mind you not immediate plans). I found a large wooden wishing well at the MillStore that we can stick over it. I just need to steal his truck and some strong people to heft it through the overgrown briars and cover that hole!
Anyway, I digress, the point actually was to show you the snake. If you look in the far right corner you can see a garter snake half in the wall with his head resting on the log. The problem was that he was there for three days in a row. I poked him with a stick (yes I am very brave) and he didn't try to get away. I concluded that he must be stuck.
|A few down the well.|
So Tristan comes home and he checks out the situation. He said that snakes "don't get stuck" and that he was sure he could get out of there. He poked it with a stick too with the same results (jeesh I DID that...) He opted to leave it alone and didn't do anything. I told him to stick his hand in there and see if he could loosen it or push it down. He didn't do it. I offered to get him vaseline so he could grease up the snake. He thought I was crazy.
|Man investigates snake|
So I guess you can add a snake to our death toll of one squirrel and many, many mice. We now have a snake free well. The snakes do come back though to eat the frogs so I am sure there will be more. Hopefully the others will be smarter and not get themselves stuck in the wall.