Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Critters!

One of the things that happens when you don't use pesticides and you have a yard full of trees, shrubs, and plants of all sorts is that you get plenty of "critters."  Some of these critters creep out the faint of heart, but they all have a place in the God's grand scheme of things.  Along with all the butterflies, dragonflies, birds, and bees, you get a few reptiles. 


For instance, this rat snake showed up a few weeks ago and scared my wife.  It's welcome to stay around the yard and eat all the mice it wants, as long as it stays out of the house.  It's a scary creature, but basically harmless to humans. 



These little green lizards are also common in my yard.  I love them and want to see more of them.  They feast on all the insects that are common because I don't spray insecticide.  It's quite enjoyable to sit in a chair outside and watch the lizards skitter around. 

Plenty of other critters occasionally show up.  Having our own little wildlife refuge brings great educational opportunities to our homeschooling family and makes everyday life interesting around our home.

2 comments:

meemsnyc said...

I concur that the green lizard is great for the garden. Any critter that eats bugs is great in my book. The snake on the other had, scares me! I posted about a critter recently too! http://nycgardening.blogspot.com/2010/09/critters-in-new-paltz.html

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

I love critters, all except for snakes. But the garter snake is allowed reluctantly in my yard. At least they slither away when I come through. I would like the green lizard, for his ability to snatch bad bugs, but also because he is so darn cute.