AUSTIN (KXAN) — Birdies, and bunnies, and snakes! Oh, my!
With spring well under way, critters are popping up and around the Austin area, moving and buzzing about as they do this time of year.
Andres Arreguín says he encountered this cottonmouth, also known as a water moccasin. It slithered up to his Northeast Austin home, which backs up to a large pond.
Cottonmouths like to hang out near bodies of water and are poisonous, and city workers told Arreguín they’ve spotted the snakes previously near the neighborhood pond.
Arreguín says a neighbor spotted the 3-foot-long snake when her dog started barking at it, and it made it’s way to his side of the yard. The snake eventually took off behind his house, and some city workers nearby managed to snag it with a shovel.
Over in a neighborhood in the Oak Hill area near “the Y,” Andria Brannon thought the dark-colored wriggling in her backyard was a snake. But when it didn’t slither away, she sneaked up closer to find four baby rabbits in their nest – certainly more comforting for most than a reptile and most definitely cuter.
Mama Bunny wasn’t around for the video, but some detective work has discovered she comes back regularly to feed and care for the little cottontail balls. At least, they appear to be cottontails — the eastern cottontail the most common rabbit species in North America.
While the breeding seasons lasts only months in some parts of the country, breeding happens year-round in Texas, per Wikipedia. The nest is also a slanting hole dug in soft soil and lined with vegetation and fur.
Meanwhile, neighbors continue to get daily bunny reports on their private Facebook page.
And on the back porch across the street, another family enjoys watching a hard-working mama bird take care of her new brood.
It’s no secret when mom’s back from hunting because the six babies in this birdhouse nest are loud … and hungry!