Sorry for the Steve Irwin-ism there, couldn't resist :-).
Yumi and I came across another garter snake near Byrne Creek, this one on the paved path that runs from Edmonds Skytrain station past Griffiths Pond.
There were people coming, so we herded it off into the bush above the pond. I noticed a young boy and his grandmother approaching, so I asked him if he wanted to see a snake.
His eyes opened wide and he nodded, and we pointed it out to him. His grandmother looked scared, and he asked if the snake would bite. I said it was not poisonous, and would only bite if it felt trapped and threatened.
We watched the snake for awhile and talked about its beautiful colours. I think we may have sparked a sense of awe in that little boy -- I hope our approach showed him that animals are to be appreciated in their natural splendour.Posted by Paul at April 18, 2005 01:40 PM