Nearly 3 feet long, it looked hopelessly entangled. But during the next half-hour, Daniel, sitting on the ground and gently holding the creature, patiently cut the netting from its body and even pulled pieces from its mouth. The whole time, the writhing snake wrapped itself around Daniel’s arm.
With the snake free at last, Daniel delicately carried it to the woods in back of his home and let Ella release it. It quickly crawled away.
The snake was lucky to be saved, and it made me keenly aware of how some garden netting can be deadly to snakes and other wildlife that may become desperately entangled in it.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon, which is full Friday night, will still appear full this weekend. Mercury is low in the west just after dark. Brilliantly shining Venus is in the west around dusk and sets about three hours later. Mars, also bright-shining, rises out of the east around midnight. Jupiter is high in the south around dusk. Saturn is high in the east just after dark. The South Delta Aquarid meteor shower, with a maximum 15 meteors per hour, is visible this weekend — in the Southeast from midnight until dawn.
IN OTHER NEWS:
The Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century is Approaching Next week's lunar eclipse will last almost
two hours, which will be the
longest lasting lunar eclipse in 100 years. It will occur late on July 27
into the twilight hours of July 28. Unfortunately, North America
is the only continent
where it won't be visible. Europe, South America and
Australia will get partial views. Africa and Asia will
have the best views. The eclipse will appear red, which is known as a "blood moon." Bruce McClure,