I don't know the proper name, but around here these are called Spreadin' Adders. The first encounter I ever had with one was years ago. I was literally 9 months pregnant. Our washer and dryer were out the back door, and down a flight of rock steps in the basement. I was waddling down the steps with full laundry basket of dirty clothes and heard something rustle in the leaves a step or two below me. Lizards were very common on those steps, so I didn't much pay attention. Then I saw it. What I thought was a copperhead, only it was the wrong color, reared up its head and spread out like a cobra and came up the steps after me. I no longer waddled. I ran full out into the house and called my husband, who was then a police officer, to come home and shoot this cobra on our back porch! He thought I was being over dramatic, until it did the same to him, right before he sent it to meet its maker. A friend at church later told us what kind of snake it was, said yes, they do spread out their heads and are well known for chasing, and then proceeded to fuss because we killed it. Seriously? Now, I leave black snakes and grass snakes alone, but any of them that can bite and send you to the hospital are better off dead. So this guy just hacked me off. He was right outside my lamb barn. I took a picture, then veered way out around him and grabbed the side handle ax out of the barn and shortened him and his life. Ugh.
Then we decided to move Ava and her baby girl back to the big pasture. This little one is precious:
She was born to two natural color parents, and she is solid white. She LOVES to be snuggled. Mama Ava is a good mama, but she isn't super attentive. So if food is involved, she forgets about baby girl, or maybe she figures that as long as she can hear her running around and hollering she is alright. So I get to hold her a lot.
Well, it is time to go out and check for new additions and let everyone out for the day. I am working hard to get lots of yarn done for the next couple of shows, and it is rainy and cloudy out, so it is the perfect day for spinning. Keep watching for pictures of new babies!