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Common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) on leaves, illustration
No, this is not my snake
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I have a “pet” in my garden. Most people wouldn’t like it, but I do. It has been in the garden for a few years now. It actually has a den near the apple tree, but spends most of its time in the garden.

I like to use black plastic to keep down the weeds. When I walk around on the plastic, I have to be careful because my ‘pet’ is often underneath. Sometimes, I’ll see the plastic start moving around if I get too close, so I know where not to step.

Can you guess what my pet is?

Yep, I have a garter snake. This one is pretty big for a garter snake and has to be several years old. I don’t know how long they can live, but this one seems to have found its snake utopia.

I am totally okay with this pet.

Since my garden is next to a pasture, I sometimes get mice moving in under the black plastic and eating. One year, I couldn’t get any pumpkins to grow because the mice kept finding the seeds and eating them. Large garter snakes like this one can keep the mice under control. They also eat all kinds of other stuff that I don’t want in the garden either.

So long as I remember to walk slowly on the plastic, it is a win-win.

Frosted Flakes

Vikings' Abdullah: NFL can push movement forward
Vikings players Kyle Rudolph, Eric Kendricks and Ameer Abdullah believe things are moving in the right direction, but the discussion and action must continue and the NFL can be a guiding force in bringing about said change.

Will Bolt has been busy on the baseball recruiting trail as you will see by the group of articles below.

Joining Husker baseball team is a dream come true for Lincoln Southwest grad Luke Sartori | Huskers |
“My heart just kind of stopped when Coach (Will) Bolt told me to come be their guy in the outfield. I knew Nebraska’s coaching staff was going to get me

Millard West’s Max Anderson headed for the Huskers
Max Anderson thought that by this time next year he’d be playing baseball for Texas A&M University.

Three in-state recruits pledge to Huskers
The Nebraska baseball team picks up commitments from Max Anderson, CJ Hood, & Tucker Timmerman on Monday.

Meyer and Owen Awarded by GCAA - University of Nebraska
Nebraska golfers Tanner Owen and Branden Meyer were each awarded the 2020 Srixon/Cleveland All-America Scholar Award by the GCAA for their work on and off the course.

Man walking the length of US Highway 20 is passing through Nebra - NORTHEAST - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA
A Nevada man is passing through Nebraska as part of a walking journey across the United States.

I live close to Hwy 20 and people walking across the state or country is actually more common than you’d think.

Peer leaders loom large for Huskers amid COVID-19 challenges
Scott Frost has always held significant respect for how the Unity Council helped Husker football during its glorious run in the 90s, including those years when Frost was a player.

NU linebacker recruit Christopher Paul Jr. decommits from Huskers, reopens recruitment | National |
The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder recently received a scholarship offer from Tennessee.

Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

University of Iowa halts football ticket sales due to Covid-19 pandemic | FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul
The University of Iowa announced on Monday it’s halting ticket sales for the 2020 season due to concerns with the Coronavirus pandemic.

A 2020 NFL season means prioritizing money over health - Sports Illustrated
If player health was truly the top priority, they wouldn't play amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. But that's OK, as long as we all know and accept that.

MLBPA, owners clear final hurdles; players set to report to camps July 1
The Major League Baseball Players Association agreed Tuesday to report to camps by July 1 for a 60-game season and agreed with owners on health and safety protocols for the season's restart.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

Hunker Down Diaries: Portland, Ore., Woman Lives In Her Minivan During Pandemic : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR
Naida Lavon, 67, was recently furloughed from her job because of the pandemic and lost her housing in March. Now, she lives out of her minivan as she navigates the changed world around her.

The Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin - Ripley's Believe It or Not!
By the 19th century, some doctors bound books related to human anatomy with these skins. They considered it a “fitting gesture.”

“It rubs the lotion on its skin...”

This underwater Italian 'ghost town' could reappear on land next year | Live Science
The Tuscan town of Fabbriche di Careggine was flooded in 1946 to make room for a hydroelectric dam. It could make a rare appearance above water next year.

Why Is 'Mayday' the International Distress Call? | HowStuffWorks

Bubba Wallace: FBI says no crime committed after noose found in stall
The FBI had been investigating after a noose was found in Bubba Wallace's No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway.

Just a reminder to keep things from getting personal or too out of hand in the comments.

Army developing drones that can change shape mid-flight | Fox News
Experts from the Army’s Research Laboratory presented their work on a new tool to develop the small shape-shifting drones

Missing Iowa father ‘found’ after 80 years
He left his family and started a new one

Can you predict the future better than experts? - BBC Future
When we asked our readers to predict the outcomes of key moments over the last year, it revealed some surprising lessons about how to predict the future.

TL;DR. Yes, you probably can.

Another Week, Another Pseudo-Poop Article

Gut Bacteria May Influence Worm Eating Habits | Technology Networks
“We keep finding surprising roles for gut bacteria that go beyond the stomach,” said Robert Riddle, Ph.D., program director

Then There’s This

Bear Chases Down Man for Ice Cream || ViralHog
Occurred on June 18, 2020 / Sergiyev Posad, Moscow Oblast, Russia “This is a circus bear Tom, he is 1.5 years old. He is very kind and not dangerous. We deci...

Man’s bladder explodes after holding in pee for 18 hours after beer binge | Fox News
A Chinese man’s bladder burst when he unknowingly held his pee in for 18 hours after binging on booze, according to a report.