Not the actual snake in my backyard - but it looked JUST like this and was about 5 feet long
It is a Southern Black Racer. The scientific name is Coluber constrictor priapus. According to the information I found, racers are opportunistic predators whose diet is as varied as their choice of habitat. It feeds on frogs, lizards, snakes, rodents, and birds and their eggs. Despite its scientific name, Coluber constrictor, the racer is not a true constrictor and overpowers its prey by simply grabbing it in its jaws and pressing it against the ground until it stops struggling. They are non-venomous, but will bite and will make you bleed. The website mentioned that they don't do well as pets. Well, that's a relief.
OR....are you an Arachnophobe? Then this will give you nightmares.
Actual nest of opiliones found on the side of my house.
Okay, these aren't REALLY spiders. But they are arachnids. This is a massive nest of harvestmen. According to Wikipedia, harvestmen (also known as Daddy Longlegs in the U.S. and Canada) are eight-legged invertebrate animals belonging to the order Opiliones (formerly Phalangida) in the class Arachnida, in the subphylum Chelicerata of the phylum Arthopoda. Weren't you just dying to know all that? Just to make you feel MUCH better, I took a broom and swept this nest of males off my exterior wall of the new house. They immediately started coming back to the wall and climbing it again. Oh. Boy. At least they don't make webs.
Incidentally, there is an urban legend going around that these are the most poisonous spiders, but their fangs are so small they cannot bite a human. Our waitress in IHOP told us this just a few weeks ago, oddly enough. She said "they can kill a horse." My husband - the NURSE, owner of three HORSES - said, "Horse skin is thicker than human skin. If they can't bite through human skin, what makes anyone think they could bite through a horses skin." He shouldn't have said a thing - we didn't get our drinks until after our food was delivered. She was probably afraid to show her face. :::snort:::
Okay, while I really DISLIKE snakes, I knew the Black Racer was not a "bad" snake, so I didn't want him/her killed. Now, he comes onto my back patio, then it's every snake for himself and I'm going to be the one wielding a hoe. Backyard is one thing. Back patio is close to back door is close to in my house. Snakes are not welcome in my house. Sorry, snake lovers.
And I'm not really afraid of spiders. Okay, really big, hairy spiders. But Daddy Longlegs aren't bad. I'm hoping they'll eat mosquitoes for me and I do like how they tickle when the walk up my arm. But I do have a phobia.
I was working in the house alone and one of this little guy's relatives flew in through a doorknob hole that is waiting for us to agree on a doorknob. I FREAKED.
Yes, I am an Ornithophobic. Big time.
Thanks, Mom, for suggesting we watch a movie together late one night when I was 12. I 'preciate it.
I had all three doors and three of the six windows in the living room open in no time flat. Thankfully, the little guy flew out after about two minutes of panicky, shrill encouragements (he probably needed to rest his ears). Our doorknob holes are now filled with toweling.
No, I do not have a picture of the bird that flew in my house. No, I was not able to find a picture online of the exact species of bird - I actually didn't LOOK that closely at the bird. I was too busy flipping out.
Yup. I'm a wienie. So what's your fear? Leave me a comment. Surely I'm not the only wienie around.