When I arrived home this afternoon, I went through my usual routine of a little rough play with the dog then walk out on the deck and look around the yard.
I noticed a Brown Thrasher giving something the once over. Back inside to get the camera and back out. I figured it would be gone but it was still there and giving something heck. As I eased closer my first thought was it was an earthworm on steroids. The thrasher would peck at it on the ground for a bit then pick it up and sling it from side to side.
I was finally able to get close enough to see that indeed it was a young Red-Bellied Brown Snake. The thrasher kept eyeing me like I was going to take it's prize and finally grabbed it up and flew off a bit.
I walked over to check out the area and indeed there was another young snake out also but today unlike it's sibling, had a lucky day for it as it was free to move on.