Gas Pains

Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

A Serpent Pays a Visit

Critters, Reptiles, Labrador Retriever

Elaphe vulpina - Western Fox Snake.  Also known as the Spotted Adder.

Grows up to 55 inches in length and lives up to 30 years.  Hibernates in communal dens below the frost line.  It's a proficient climber and is a true constrictor - squeezing its prey to death by coiling around it.  Then it swallows it whole!

The dog attempted to give this musky-smelling visitor a sniff and got struck on the nose in the process.

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