Today Andi, now known as Mandy, left for her new life in California. On the way home from the airport, I decided this beautiful spring day was too stunning to waste, and I stopped at the park to walk and train with Willow. She did amazingly well, doing over 50 retrieves, including some in the pond. As we were heading back to the car, we had the luck to see this incredible black rat snake basking in a tree above our heads. These are among my very favorite animals, and he was just what I needed to lift my mood after sending Andi on her way (and the stress that always comes along with dealing with air cargo).
There’s some confusion about exactly what species he could be: https://herpunit.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/the-ratsnake-mess-for-dummies/
Regardless, he’s stunning!