The first green creature of the week, a rough green snake, was hanging out in the barn. I found him in a basket I was about to use for eggplants. We quickly caught him and put him in this jar (with air holes), so that the farm owner's son could see him too. These little green snakes are a rare sight on the farm, and they hold a special place in the hearts of this farm family. We marveled and the bright emerald luminescent color of this sleek, friendly snake.
|Rough Green Snake with grass- we released him quickly!|
earlier, but here's some more information about them.
In Tennessee, our most noticeable mantids come in three color variations: green, brown, and green plus brown. The green ones are European mantids, the brown are Carolina mantids, and the green plus brown are Chinese mantids. Only the Carolina ones are native, and the other two were introduced to the US to help control garden pests. These introduced species do not appear to be particularly invasive, though they can reduce numbers of helpful organisms like wolf spiders. People generally regard them as welcome workers in farms and gardens. There are several other mantis species that are illegal to import because they pose a threat to native ecosystems. They can probably reproduce very quickly and overeat beneficial insects.
|European mantis, about 6" long.|