This is the back of a house on South St. in Jamaica Plain – a very busy street!
As we’re working on clearing away leaves this spring, don’t be afraid of the snakes! They’re not doing your garden any harm, in fact they’re helping you out by snacking on the slugs. The Garter Snake is the state reptile of Massachusetts, so be kind to our state representative as he wakes up from his winter nap.
I’m working on clearing out a large slope area that has been undisturbed for many years. As I’m digging up weeds and turning over rocks, the ground spiders have been running away frantically and this vole is the first vertebrate I’ve run into here. I raked away some leaves and Mr. Vole came bursting out of his hole, scaring a shriek out of me! In retaliation I cornered him and made him pose for a photo before I let him run off into the trees.
Voles can cause a lot of damage in a garden by chewing the roots of plants, but I’ve never seen the evidence of this myself despite living beside them in great numbers at times. Thanks to the kitties!
I was raking rocks out of a site when this little guy flipped up out of the ground! I was sure my rake had maimed him after that, but I didn’t see any injuries at all so he must be a very lucky frog.
I’m not sure what species, perhaps American Toad?