This is a bandicoot. Bandicoots are marsupials that live in Australia and New Guinea. They live in burrows, not in boroughs like New Yorkers. They are quick, good diggers, and they go hunting at dusk. They will burrow after their burrowing prey and quickly overtake them. Bandicoots are generally 12 to 16 inches long. This one is 14 and three quarters inches long, her name is Abigal.
It is important to recognize that this is a true coral snake, not a copy-cat snake, and he is very poisonous. They grow to 3 feet long. Coral snakes are not agressive, they want to be left alone. That works out well, I want to leave them alone. It is helpful to remember this poem: “Red next to yellow can kill a fellow, red next to black is a friend of Jack.” If you come accross a snake that has red stripes next to black ones, he is not poisonous, if his red stipes are next to yellow ones, he is poisonous. Still, I’m leaving them all alone. I find it ironic that this snake is named Jack.
On a completely different subject, if you get a chance, watch David Letterman to the end tonight. He is suppose to have Darlene Love as a guest, who comes on every year and sings Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). You can find previous years’ renditions on Youtube. Darlene always rocks the house, and I can’t wait to see what they do with the sax player this year!