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Northern Redbelly Snake - Haiku Poems

Snake Haiku

Red Bellied Snake in my fingers

Red Bellied Snake in my fingers

Untitled Haiku

Small snake glides in grass ~

taken up by gentle hand.

Happy finger play!


Northern Redbelly In Hand

Northern Redbelly In Hand

Big Eyes On A Snake Close Up

Smallest Snake

Smallest Snake

Haiku Poetry

Haiku should be untitled to not influence meaning, but should be beautiful in simplicity and have meaning beyond what is possible to state in 3 short lines.

It is sensory poetry that is complex in syllable, and in it's simplicities is easy to understand.

Also, haiku should be able to be expressed with one breath, but most do not adhere to the 17 sounds or syllables. The sounds in Japanese are often shorter than our English syllable sounds.

Reptiles Poem

Two big eyes for me ~

those that shine looking to feed.

Redbelly reptiles!

Such A Tiny Friendly Snake

Finger Ring

Finger Ring


Northern Redbelly Snakes

These snakes are harmless to people and are of a gentle nature. They primarily live on snails and slugs, so people do like having them in their gardens as little helpers with pests. These little guys have small heads and are able to displace their jaws to get a slug in their mouths. They do not seem to care for the generous amount of slime that a slug may produce. Once the slug is down, the Redbelly will rub its face on a handy surface as a napkin to get the slime off. It is cute to watch.

The Redbellies have large eyes that help them hunt for prey.

You can see why these beautiful little creatures got their name from the reptile's red belly in the photos. The color is actually more of an orange red, and intensity of color of the belly can vary from lighter or darker color. Some of these snake's topside scales are gray while others are brown with a stripe pattern. The color of this species can vary quite a bit from shades of brown, gray, charcoal or mostly black on its upper side. Their scales have an almost translucent quality.

This snake's skin was supple, which made me think that an old skin had recently been shed and that this little guy or gal was with a fresh new skin for a photo shoot.

We have sub-zero winter weather where I live, but these snakes survive by gathering together for warmth while hibernating under rocks, in old ant hills or other natural homes for the winter. Though they are small, they are amazingly strong and durable to the elements.

Simply Beautiful Critters

Baby Snake Playing

Baby Snake Playing


Inspired by Nature's Wildlife

Nature and wildlife inspire me every day. None the less, I was initially startled when I spotted the tiny little snake weaving its way through the grass in the yard. The first thing I did was pick up the small creature in my hand, then I reached for the camera in my pocket.

At first the baby snake was trying to find a way to escape and hide. I suppose it was afraid I would eat it, and it took it some time to get use to the camera lens that looked like a big eye or maybe a mouth.

I expected the snake to musk on my hand, but it did not. Reptiles may musk as a defense mechanism. It probably tastes as bad as it smells and a predator may think twice about making it a meal. They may also play dead at times by going belly up, that has never fooled me though. Fleeing is the best bet for a snake of this diminutive size. This baby was approximately 7" long. Adults reach 14" to 16" in length. Although, I have seen one that was 18" long.

Once the little snake knew it was safe in my hand, it began to enjoy the warmth. All snakes rely on external sources for warmth. Then, magic happened as the Redbelly seemed to begin to play by weaving itself between my fingers. I could feel it's muscles as it intertwined and moved along. What wonderful wonderment!


Haiku and Humour

Twisting and Turning

Twisting and Turning

Minnesota is home to both the Northern Red Bellied Snake and the Black Hills Red Bellied Snake.

I mentioned that these are very hardy little snakes that can endure our northern winters. They are not hardy in captivity and keeping them would shorten their life span. They only have one lung and tend to have respiratory infections in captivity with no known treatment. They would need a hot rock, day light, and a night light. A very secure tank would be needed since they are escape artists. Also, a person would need to find a way to farm their favorite foods, which are slugs and snails.

The best thing to do is to enjoy them for a short period of time and then set them free to hunt in your garden. My brother use to carry Red Bellies in his shirt pocket for a day when he was young. He always set them free at the end of the day.

Please Leave A Comment In The Guestbook

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 11, 2017:

Thank you very much, Sandy. Good to see your comment and touch base with you again. - Kudos!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on January 30, 2017:

A;ways nice to visit back to read this.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on December 02, 2016:

Thank you Patricia, you are an angel in skin. I appreciate your taking time to come by. Sorry for taking so long to get to my comments. - Kudos!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 07, 2016:

Ok...so...I am not a fan of snakes except in cages or in photos...the little Red Belly Snake is gorgeous but I would not be holding one in my hand....eeek.

Angels are on the way to you ps


Robert Sacchi on October 31, 2016:

You're welcome.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on October 31, 2016:

Thank you, Robert..nice to see your comment here, and thanks for the nice compliment. - Kudos!

Robert Sacchi on October 27, 2016:

Cute poetry about a cute snake. Good information about the Northern Redbelly Snake. Thank you.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on April 10, 2016:

Having gotten the photos of the Red Belly, the snake haikus were born with some humor because I know some people fear snakes. - Thank you, Sandy!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on March 17, 2016:

Never thought of snakes and poems before. It is a pretty snake and loved the Haiku.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on July 18, 2015:

Suzanne, thank you for the compliment on the poem and photos. Funny what can inspire a poem or a hub. - Kudos!

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on July 15, 2015:

This is the first snake haiku I've ever read. I think you did a good job of it! I like the photos of the small snakes that go with the poem. Voted useful!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 31, 2015:

Patrica, you got me, I must a snake whisperer.

And, you can be too. (lol)

Thanks for your encouraging comment. - Kudos!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on March 31, 2015:

Oh, of course, there wouldn't be any snakes in Ireland, Lee. ;)

Glad you enjoyed the Redbelly Snake and thanks for the up-vote.


Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 31, 2015:

Susie You must be a snake whisperer..right? I read with interest that these little guys are not harmful but I have to admit I still would not want to have one playing on my hand ....

Y our photos are amazing...and yes, I am probably going to miss this little pleasure ...you know, being up close and personal in this way with such a reptile, but I can enjoy vicariously.

The haiku is spot on!!!

Voted up+++ shared and posted to Awesome HubPages ps

Lee Cloak on March 30, 2015:

A very beautiful poem, we don't have snakes in Ireland(Saint Patrick banished them!), so great to read wonderful words about them, voted up. Thanks, Lee

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on February 21, 2015:

All snakes are not harmful, and that is a good thing for everyone to know. I wouldn't want to see a Northern Redbelly harmed for no reason other than fear. - Thank you, @Blackspaniel.

Blackspaniel1 on February 19, 2015:

It is good to see a snake identified as not harmful to humans. Some people overreact to all snakes.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on January 26, 2015:

Nice to get a nice compliment on the Haiku from you, Marlene.

Thank you.

Indeed, that would have added grossness. Eww, just thinking about that.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on January 26, 2015:

I truly enjoyed your poem, written in the true style of Haiku. The snake is really cute, but I'm one of those people who would still run from such a creature. I'm glad he didn't musk on your hand. That might have added a little bit of grossness to the overall experience.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on January 20, 2015:

I am glad you like the poem, it was a fun one to write.

Thank you, Genna.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 20, 2015:

What a lovely poem to describe these pretty little things. I am normally afraid of snakes, but this little guy is an exception.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on January 15, 2015:

Your not going to find many snakes that are as friendly as the Redbellies, FlourishAnyway. Thank you for visiting.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on January 15, 2015:

Peg, thank you for coming by to read my newest hub page. I sure do appreciate your sharing, and caring. Hugs!

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 14, 2015:

Great little haiku and that little snake was cute. I've never seen one but have had the unfortunate occasion to see a baby copperhead about that size. He wasn't so cute or nice.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2015:

I never saw one of these beauties when we lived up north but I would not be holding it like you did. We could certainly use them here in our southern gardens to keep the snail and slug problem at bay. I found this to be very interesting! Will G+ this, tweet and share.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on January 14, 2015:

Writer Fox, that makes me feel happy that you loved me poem.

Thank you for that.

I use a Canon PowerShot, that works well for macro photography. I like getting close up and personal when possible.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on January 14, 2015:

@amazmerizing, it good to see you on HubPages.

Thank you for visiting my haiku.

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on January 14, 2015:

Mary, (aesta1) some think it is a cool feeling to handle snakes, some do not. This is a beautiful little creature. Thank you.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on January 13, 2015:

Loved your poem and what a cute little snake! What kind of camera were you using to take the photos?

Kay Plumeau from New Jersey, USA on January 13, 2015:

I'd love to have a pet snake, unfortunately I'm not sure how well I would handle the feeding process...

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on January 13, 2015:

KM, I appreciate your comment. It is a cute little creature.

amazmerizing from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA on January 13, 2015:

mmm usually not a fan of snakes but he does seem quite cute... although that slime feast... UGH!!! TFS ;)

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 12, 2015:

I have not yet encountered one. Even if they are harmless, I will still be afraid of them. Your red belly looks beautiful Susie but I will never dare hold it. Love your haiku.

Kay Plumeau from New Jersey, USA on January 12, 2015:

Aw I love this snake! It's actually really cute! Wonderful pictures, and thank you for writing!

Susie Lehto (author) from Minnesota on January 12, 2015:

Elsie, they are gentle and harmless, you can be assured of that.

Thanks for coming by to read my haiku.

My best wishes to you as well!

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on January 12, 2015:

I like your Red Belly Snake, not sure I would like it crawling on my hand.

Haiku is one of my faverite ways to write poems, I have a hub on them also.

All the best for 2015.