Well, Viper survived the night, but shed his skin. When you look at him today, he definitely has the racing stripes down the side like a garter snake has. I called the local public park and was told garter snakes are terrible pets, they are bitey, aggressive, and speedy, and generally don't like captivity at all. It was suggested that Viper go back to his home in the field where he was found.
Noah came home from school and I showed him what Lynn wrote in the comment section, and I told him what the park naturalist said and he cried and he cried and he cried. He refused to let Viper go, and would not say goodbye to him. I had his friend Nick, who had been with him when Viper was found go and release him in the field.
Noah has been horrible the rest of the day and is lucky he is still breathing and not abandoned somewhere. He is crying, cursing, beating his brother, calling names....I need a stiff drink but am afraid if I picked up a bottle, I'd beat him with it. It will be an early bedtime for all of us tonight!
The good news this weekend was that my friend Nana came over. Nana is the best cook in the world. Her specialty is cakes, but she has never met a recipe she hasn't turned to gold. Nana brought lasagna that was divine and a chicken lasagna that I just have to have the recipe for. I would have posted a picture of her food, but we ate it too quickly! Well, she brought an apple dumpling that I have not eaten yet, I am hiding it from my children though! Not only is Nana a nice person, but she shares her recioes, too. That is the mark of a truly nice person in my book.
And Lynn, from the comments, do I know you in real life? You didn't leave your last name so I have no idea! Help an old lady out here, will ya?