Saturday, February 11, 2017

Red-lipped Herald

This week I have a real critter to post about. On Tuesday, Namusa was giving the house a real spring-clean and moved a dresser from the wall in her efforts to clean behind it. She picked up a broad piece of sticky tape with a critter stuck on it. On closer inspection, she saw it was a tiny snake and that it was still alive.

She took the paper and snake to Grant who called me to come and help get it unstuck. What a job! I held the paper carefully while kneeling on the lawn and Grant poured warm water over the snake. It was stuck to the paper with about a third of its body. I gently eased it from the sticky paper and bit by bit, I managed to lift it. Grant kept refilling the mug and pouring water over my hand and the snake.

Even though it must have been stuck behind the dresser for a while and was probably dehydrated, it wasn't lethargic at all. It turned its little head towards me and spat out with its tongue. I noticed that it had an orange mouth.

Eventually I eased the last bit of snake (leaving a little skin) from the sticky tape. I placed it in a deep plastic container with freshly cut grass which I'd sprinkled with water. 

Grant was Googling this by now establishing that it was probably a Red-lipped Herald.  Although I wondered if I should be feeding or watering the snake, the advice he gleaned was to release the snake as soon as possible. 

I kept it next to my computer for an hour or so while I completed some chores. Then I took it outside to Debbie's succulent rockery and gently tipped it out of the container.

It lay quietly at first and when it realized it was free, it immediately began to wriggle away. I watched it go under a rock and then emerge again and finally disappear into the greenery.
The red-lipped herald after I'd freed it from the sticky tape
I didn't like to stress it more than necessary and only took photos while it was recuperating in the plastic container
In this photo, you can see its orange mouth which led us to believe that it 's a Red-lipped Herald

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen here



  1. You and Grant always amaze me with your care and tenderness toward all creatures great and small. That is one lucky snake. Blessings dear Jo. xx

  2. Hello, I hope the snake was the non-poisonous kind. It was great you and Grant were able to free it and release back to the wild. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  3. Snakes are not my favorite but it IS good to release the non poisonous snakes. They are so good for the environment! Enjoy your weekend! Hope someone is kindhearted to you!

  4. Wonderful photos and so glad you were able to free the snake ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful Weekend ~ ^_^

  5. Such a tiny little snake but you have a big heart to care for it & give it freedom!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  6. Nice pic of the freed snake. Glad you were able to help him out.

  7. what a wonderful story, I am so very happy she moved the dresser and found this poor little guy. trapped back there is so awful. glad he got away with only losing a little skin due to your and Grant being so careful for his little life.


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