No, there are no snakes in the garden. What we have are stinkhorn mushrooms or to be specific Mutinus elegans. And would you believe they say they are edible?
But who would want to put them in their dish when you could smell them before you see them? No wonder the flies were flocking over them because they are covered with mucus and the flies unknowingly spreads their spores.
The ones we thought were snake eggs were nothing of that sort, they are the eggs of the mushrooms.
It is such a relief to know that we don’t have any unwanted critters or reptiles in the yard. Our imagination, and not just us, friends and family members’ went wild. And we were going to blame their presence from our neighbors with unkempt yards. Good thing we kept it to ourselves or we would have created some enemies and unfriendly stares from next door.
All images taken from the internet.
The stinkhorn comes in different colors and shapes. But I guess if they stink they must call them stinkhorns. I was never that close to them though to smell but it is repulsive seeing them covered with flies.
They said they are commonly found under thick mulch because their role is to decompose dead matters and under ideal condition, like too much moisture, they grow. The moisture only lasts a day though. I guess after all the mucus has been consumed by the flies, they wither and die until the eggs produce more fruits or mushrooms.
365 Project: Day 191