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#1 Us burros

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:24 PM

After a morning of climbing ladders etc to paint second floor windows, I sat down on the front porch for a "pre-lunch relaxin'." Well, right there in front of me, about fifteen feet away, this Black Rat Snake was "frozen" in a dogwood tree.

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After a few minutes, it decided maybe it shouldn't continue its trip to the ground, so it turned around and went back up and climbed into the next tree farther away from my watch.

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It stayed in that tree until I left.

Checking back after lunch, I found it had gone on and was no longer in the trees.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 08:03 AM

Hi, there! Great pictures of the rat snake. Thank you so much for not killing it. It's sad how many people react to things like snakes, spiders, etc by killing them.
Lovely snake.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 11:15 AM

Nice shots! You have to get closer next time :) Or get a longer lens to get some head shots :)
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 12:15 PM

Nice shots! You have to get closer next time :) Or get a longer lens to get some head shots :)


Thanks for the suggestion Debbie/ Riley & Bud.

I've been there, done that.
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 02:37 PM

Is the one snake eating a frog? I can't figure it out, so my guess is a frog, or a strange looking perch of some kind!

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 04:02 PM

Is the one snake eating a frog? I can't figure it out, so my guess is a frog, or a strange looking perch of some kind!

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Eric, that is a Yellow-bellied Water Snake working on getting a toad down. I don't know if the toad's back legs are spread to make it harder on the snake or if that's just a natural occurrence.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 04:11 PM

Great photos

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 02:31 PM

Nice shots! I hardly every see snakes when I am out with the camera. I am envious :)
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 03:54 AM


Is the one snake eating a frog? I can't figure it out, so my guess is a frog, or a strange looking perch of some kind!

Eric B)


Eric, that is a Yellow-bellied Water Snake working on getting a toad down. I don't know if the toad's back legs are spread to make it harder on the snake or if that's just a natural occurrence.

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Great pictures, Harold. How about labeling or otherwise identifying each of your pictures with the species (common mame) of the snake?

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:26 AM



Is the one snake eating a frog? I can't figure it out, so my guess is a frog, or a strange looking perch of some kind!

Eric B)


Eric, that is a Yellow-bellied Water Snake working on getting a toad down. I don't know if the toad's back legs are spread to make it harder on the snake or if that's just a natural occurrence.

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Great pictures, Harold. How about labeling or otherwise identifying each of your pictures with the species (common mame) of the snake?

Charlie


Charlie,

Your request is my command. Plus, I added two more pictures of snakes that I can identify.

I also want to explain that all of these pictures were taken within 100 feet of our front door, except for that Copperhead. That particular one was about 100 yards away (I almost stepped on it before seeing it), but they too have been pictured closeby.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:14 PM




Is the one snake eating a frog? I can't figure it out, so my guess is a frog, or a strange looking perch of some kind!

Eric B)


Eric, that is a Yellow-bellied Water Snake working on getting a toad down. I don't know if the toad's back legs are spread to make it harder on the snake or if that's just a natural occurrence.

Harold


Great pictures, Harold. How about labeling or otherwise identifying each of your pictures with the species (common mame) of the snake?

Charlie


Charlie,

Your request is my command. Plus, I added two more pictures of snakes that I can identify.

I also want to explain that all of these pictures were taken within 100 feet of our front door, except for that Copperhead. That particular one was about 100 yards away (I almost stepped on it before seeing it), but they too have been pictured closeby.

Harold


Thanks, Harold. Very informative. I had occasion recently to dispatch a copperhead as it transited my garage opening during the day while I was walking from the garage to the car to unload groceries. It was a mere 4 feet away from me when I saw it moving perpendicular to my path toward me. It was large enough that it would have caused me some grief. Can't tolerate them in the garage. If I just chase them out, then where are they? They are in the woods behind our house and my son's black Lab was bitten on its hind leg once upon a time. Dog survived and snake slithered away I presume. My wife stepped on one's tail a couple of years ago, but fortunately it was nearly into the brush and kept on going.

We have several different species of snakes around here and in my yard. The ones I think I have identified, besides copperheads, are the common king snake (beautiful animal!), black snake, green snake (beautiful again!), and earth snake.

The owls and hawks keep the population checked somewhat, and they do the same thing to the mice, voles, and squirrels.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:43 PM

Thanks, Harold. Very informative. I had occasion recently to dispatch a copperhead as it transited my garage opening during the day while I was walking from the garage to the car to unload groceries. It was a mere 4 feet away from me when I saw it moving perpendicular to my path toward me. It was large enough that it would have caused me some grief. Can't tolerate them in the garage. If I just chase them out, then where are they? They are in the woods behind our house and my son's black Lab was bitten on its hind leg once upon a time. Dog survived and snake slithered away I presume. My wife stepped on one's tail a couple of years ago, but fortunately it was nearly into the brush and kept on going.

We have several different species of snakes around here and in my yard. The ones I think I have identified, besides copperheads, are the common king snake (beautiful animal!), black snake, green snake (beautiful again!), and earth snake.

The owls and hawks keep the population checked somewhat, and they do the same thing to the mice, voles, and squirrels.

Charlie


Charlie:

Copperheads make people nervous.

Today I was running late for an appointment when Julie comes in saying "There's a baby copperhead in the pool skimmer basket. Would you please kill it?"

My answer was "I take care of it, but I don't like killing snakes, even copperheads."

I hurried out and immediately determined it was not a copperhead. When I transported it to a safe area and dumped it on the ground this is what I saw.
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I do not believe I have ever seen an Eastern Hognose Snake patterned like this, but that is what it was. Read about them HERE. I learned several things from that writeup. I only wish I could have gotten better pictures of this new to me snake.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 04:26 PM

I'm really enjoying your pics, Harold. I used to love playing with hognose snakes as a kid ...... but then, as a kid I also used to go cottonmouth hunting in the rice canals, with the objective of seeing how large a one we could bring back. My record was 5'-9", but a neighbor kid down the road fetched in our little all-time record of 6'-3". I am happy to report that I grew up to become something of a naturalist and conservationist, not a wild-eyed bloodthirsty killer.

Snakes are beautiful animals, and it's really great to see you putting a positive spin on them. Thank you!
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:17 AM

Hi, Harold,
Great job on the snake photos! I'm sorry to hear some folks still kill them. We had copperheads where I grew up in Michigan and they never bothered us. While my mother was terrified of snakes, I managed to convince her (even as a kid) that as long as they stayed in the woodpiles, we wouldn't have mice getting into the house. And we didn't. (she hated rodents even more than she was afraid of snakes). I learned to be able to tell a copperhead by their scent, believe it or not. They smell lemony!
Copperheads are fairly well mannered and docile. Not to mean they can be played with but...when I was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, I learned that cottonmouths can be aggressive. And don't get me started on the Egyptian cobra I saw in Saudi Arabia........woohoo, that thing had an ATTITUDE.
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