I am in the midst of student teacher evaluation – a detailed process – so my blog this week is brief…
Biology teachers are marked individuals. Any time anyone finds an interesting insect, flower, bird or snake his or her first thought is to “take it to Mr. Zlatnik”… of course I love it! – I love seeing what people have found and sometimes I take the organism home to care for it and usually I release it into the wild.
This week my across-the-street neighbor came to my door late in the afternoon telling me that a maintenance man had found a “big snake” in his truck – He was concerned that the snake might get into the cab of his truck and he wasn't particularly fond of them. He wanted to kill it. The snake was in the wheel assembly when I looked for it– I poked at it trying to get it to move and it finally did – into the battery space – also well protected.
Another poke and it moved into the light
assembly – the maintenance man (who
spoke primarily Spanish) and I were trying everything – he went to the back of
his truck with a steel rod and used that to get the snake to move – it finally
dropped to the street – a lovely lively three foot king snake! I reached out and gently stopped it with my
shoe and then reached right behind the snake’s head with one hand and near the
tail with the other hand. I am always
amazed by the strength of a snake. This
one was doing its best to escape but I held tight. If I turned it loose in my yard the dogs
would be sure to get it – so I walked it to a vacant area with some wild
growing amaryllis plants – and tossed
it into the middle. The snake quickly
scurried away with tales to tell his grandchildren!
|CALIFORNIA KING SNAKE|
|FAVA BEAN - The only bean that Europe had before the time of Columbus|
|Open Fava Pod - seeds are almost an inch long.|
We shell them and drop them into a boiling water bath for about 7 minutes… then drain and soak in cool water – drain again – and drouzzle with olive oil and a dash of salt. They are amazingly tasty. If you should like to try them next year – you can go to your local Hispanic market and look for dried “Haba” beans – they are large, flattish, and a light brown in color. Stick them anywhere and they will grow!