Our new home has provided us with a ringside seat for spring mating rituals and performances.  In the past week alone, we’ve watched two rat snakes go through a Kama-Sutra-like set of convoluted mating positions high in the oak tree in front of our house; the two resident green frogs in our pond engage in a ménage à trois with a visiting female that lasted most of the day; two five-lined skinks demonstrating what we assume to be courtship behavior; and, more conventionally, chickadees and bluebirds taking care of their broods in birdhouses we’d put up in our back yard.  Click here for a fuller set of pictures.