Just like you have, I have a spine
But as to legs? Those are not mine!
Although you’ll think I’m telling fibs
I “walk” quite well with just my ribs
No hands or feet, but trees I climb
I’ll reach that bird’s nest in no time!
I “taste” the air with my forked tongue
And breath it with a single lung!
I haven’t got a single ear
I sense vibrations so I’ll “hear”
I’ll reach about five feet in length
I’m slender, but have lots of strength
My skin is black as blackest night
Most folks who see me will take fright
Oh, please fear not, but rat or mouse
Should fear my visit to their house
And baby birds, snug in their nest
Will find me far worse than a pest
Enough clues! Scroll
Nfor the answer:
Although there could be some mistake
I think this is a black rat snake!
I saw this snake just off the path, near the Doyle's River well above the falls. It was still cool temperatures, and the snake was slow. He was over 4.5 feet long, or about 1.5 meters: too long to fit completely in the photo frame with any clarity.
Less than thirty minutes later, I saw another - about as long as the snake but much bigger - creature that was jet black. That was also thrilling!