Poor thing. It was apparently slithering across the driveway when Barry came home and accidentally ran over it. Of course we didn't exactly think "Poor thing" at first because we do get rattle snakes occasionally. Baby rattle snakes are not always easy to identify, and can be highly venomous and don't always have rattles. But after careful, closer scrutiny and discussion with the neighbors we decided it was a King Snake. By that time it had died. Now you may be able to identify snakes much faster than us, but we are not experts and have had a number of encounters with rattle snakes in our yard over the years, so we were super cautious. By the end I was feeling quite sorry for its suffering. In the past we caught a baby rattler, put it in an opaque container and took it down to the fire-station which is just down the street, for them to identify. Where there is one baby rattler there are likely more -- and a Momma! But our big, brave firemen wouldn't even let us take the top off the container for them to see it. (Well, I guess since they are paramedics too they do often get to see the nasty results of a snake bite so maybe we should excuse their reluctance!)
While we are talking about things in the yard I should mention that my plumeria did finally bloom this year. We had four or five small branches with clumps of flowers on them like the one above. Last year our summer was so cool and had such little sunshine the plumeria didn't bloom at all. This is the beautifully perfumed flower that the Hawaians use to make their leis.
I think this is one of the prettiest plants we have in our yard. I believe it is called euonymous. The red leaves are so attractive and the plant spreads very easily. Since we have quite a lot of space in our back yard I don't mind it spreading.
Our weather today is finally like it should be for late summer. Temps in the eighties. But all the tourists who like to visit the beaches have gone home.