A few weeks after photographing this Eastern hognose snake in his backyard, Pat Durkin found it trapped in the web fencing that protects his raspberry patch from deer and rabbits.
While reading recently about a Florida Keys deer getting its head stuck inside a Doritos bag, and a Minnesota deer and a Pennsylvania black bear stumbling around with plastic jars over their heads, I tsk-tsk'd about jerks who cause such suffering by littering.
Then I recalled the misery I accidentally inflicted two summers ago on an Eastern hognose snake near our backyard raspberry patch. I had fenced off the patch with "wildlife netting" the previous winter to keep out hungry deer and rabbits. And because deer crave the new growth from raspberry plants in summer, I left the netting up.