Please meet the newest member of our family--Schwa:
Schwa is a common Garter Snake. We think she's female, and we think she's almost full-grown. C. had been promised a snake for her birthday, and after researching it, she chose a Garter Snake. But since Garters are native to Wisconsin, we couldn't buy one in a pet store. One of the employees there whispered to us that most people just catch them! So we tried a few times, but were lucky enough to have Grandpa catch one on Monday. G. drove out and got Schwa yesterday. So far she seems to be fitting in quite nicely, and she seems to like her home--spending equal time in her "house" (box), "pool" (water dish), and hanging out on her stick.