Earlier in the fall, in the morning when the sun was warming up the window of the woodshed, I would see a small garter snake sunning herself. When my body blocked the sun and my shadow fell on the logs, the snake would quickly disappear between the cordwood.
Now that we’ve begun having fires in the woodstove again, I’m finding lots of snake skins in the woodpile.
Garter snakes hibernate in groups, called a pit or a den, in the winter to stay warm. But I’ve read that they sometimes come out in the middle of winter to sun themselves.
So I’m going to keep an eye on that window. Maybe one warm winter’s day I’ll get to see a snake or two sunning themselves on the windowsill.