Be careful Out There

snake

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snake

no snake

Just a bull snake and all that.

But.

Just sayin’

celi

 

57 Comments on “Be careful Out There

  1. Oh my! I would not want to come across that. We had rattlers in Los Angeles but luckily not many snakes here in the Dordogne. Garden snakes but the only venomous snakes are vipers. Luckily I have not yet come across any although my neighbours have seen a few.

  2. I can tolerate a lot of things…..but a snake is not one of them. Ugh…I hate snakes! I probably won’t sleep tonight after seeing those pictures……πŸ˜‰

  3. Like most people Celia, I too am afraid of snake (and having lived all my married live somewhere in the Tropics I came across plenty!) but this one is a beauty. Lucky to be able to photograph. Carina

  4. ooh pretty! I believe they’re non-venomous constrictors like our pythons, yes? Still best to give him a wide berth and let him move on tho I assume πŸ™‚

  5. As a botanist once told me “Slit eye, goodbye! Round eye, nice guy.” I thought, swell–I’m going to bend down to check the eyes, but I can see you got a picture of its nice round eye, so it won’t hurt you, but it might like eggs. I saw a black snake once that couldn’t move off the trail because it was so full of eggs it looked like a black pearl necklace.

    • Depends on the species and location in the world. Some very venomous snakes have round black eyes. Also, if people are getting close enough to see the eyes, they are too close.

      If you could see the eggs in the snake, it was likely a female getting ready to lay. When they eat eggs, they crush the shell and spit it back out. Snakes are fascinating!

  6. Nice snaps, but I’m not sure what you’re “sayin'”…good? bad? beautiful? scary? What? πŸ™‚

  7. Bull snakes are also called gopher snakes. They eat rodents, keep a barn free of rats and mice, and have many other benefits. We are quick to be afraid of snakes but in this case they are good guys. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/the-reptiles-snakes-saving-snakes/2911/ Check out this website. In Georgia we are on a campaign to save King snakes, Black snakes, and Racer snakes because they do so much good. Look at the shape of the head – triangular = poisonous, no discernible big jaws and more bullet shaped = good guys. Eyes – cat like = poisonous. Learn your local snakes – do a little research. King snakes eat the poisonous ones like copperheads, rattlers and water moccasins. The good guys are not aggressive unless threatened, and even then they have teeth but are not poisonous. Just give them some room. Usually they will just slither away out of harms way. The only trouble with the big ones is some kinds like to eat chicken eggs. Then you have to pick them up into a sack and move them a mile or so away to a safe location. Because people have been indiscriminately killing the good ones with the bad we are getting more of the poisonous ones. I stop in the road to save the good ones (along with turtles) from being run over and carefully dig them out of deer netting or other obstructions if they get caught. Yes they can be startling but having one of the beneficial ones around is a kind of blessing. Make friends and don’t hurt them please!

    • Don’t relocate that far away. They will die without their known hunting grounds and hibernation dens. Also, don’t rely on eye or head shape. Non-venomous ones can and will triangulate their heads and even rattle their tails to warn potential predators. It’s impressive and convincing!

  8. It’s definitely the season to be more careful here; not only are the harvesting the cane, which drives out the snakes, it’s also winter, and the snakes are looking for somewhere cosy to hang out till the days are longer and temps are higher. All my compost heaps and woodpiles are suddenly potential snake country, and ours are generally bad guys: red bellied blacks, brown snakes and coastal taipans. I maintain an extremely respectful distance and announce myself loudly to give them a chance to get away. Our equivalent to the pretty fellow above would be carpet snakes, or pythons, as they’re known here. They get big – they’re constrictors – but don’t generally bite or get too troublesome.

    • Hate to think of all the times up north I have had to stop the car to ‘give way’ to a carpet one straddling the road : so beautiful tho’!! Wonder whether you get heaps of the little grass ones that neatly always drop from tree branches onto your blouse πŸ™‚ ? Don’t get taipans here but heaps of red-bellied and brown . . . have to give each flower-bed a beating ere putting a hand in!! Haven’t has one indoors but the big field rats and piles of mice somehow sure find their way in out of the cold . . . yuck . . . thankfully they love peanut butter in the traps!!!! the farmy one looks like a beauty!

      • We give way to all of them! I haven’t seen any of the little grass snakes, and we don’t see too many of the venomous ones, but the Husband had a red-bellied black zip between his feet on the way outside when he was peacefully using the laundry toilet…

        • *huge smile* He must have ‘finished’ in a very great hurry! Actually the mice are ‘sweet’ but the rats try to pick a fight: not funny when one uses the toilet in the middle of the night . . . one seems to have rented the space above my bedroom ceiling at the moment . . . have a good Sunday: I am sleepy after all the politics rather than cycling last night . . . not used to holding one’s breath till 2am

  9. Snakes really scare and most times I can never figure out if they are the good kind or the poisonous ones. But after reading some of the comments here I guess I will know what to look for !
    Amazing shots by the way!

    • I always recommend learning what the venomous snakes in your area look like. In East Tennessee, for example, only two are venomous. It’s easy to learn what is harmless if you know what it is NOT. If you’re on Twitter, @alongsidewildlife is an excellent resource for snake identification.

  10. I’m appalled by snakes, but love lizards, turtles, geckos, iguanas, all manner of those tiny tykes with independent eyes. It’s a snake’s means of locomotion! “Look Ma, no hands!”

    • Chuckling here. “Look, Ma, no hands” indeed. Much love, Your Gayle

  11. Ooooh I am so afraid of snakes in the wild! I’m way too citified. But if knew it was non-venomous, non-aggressive to people, and feasted on rodents, I’d learn to live with it. I’d rather have a shy snake than bold mice and rats, I think.

  12. Now that is one pair of shoes I can live with out! Great photos but a photo is as close as I wish to come.

    Playing with my new laptop at the moment… makes me realise how decrepit the old one was.

    Enjoy your silent sunday!

  13. How cool! All I ever found was a Diamond Back, which was too hot to handle, other than on the end of a garden fork. The cats were very keen to play with it and it was best all round to get it out of the garden. It seemed happy to go elsewhere πŸ™‚

  14. Handsome Bull Snake you’ve got there. Mostly we’ve got garter snakes, I used to catch them in the prairie near our home when i was a kid, always took them back and let them go after a short visit to show my grandmother. The garter snakes used to drape themselves on the barberry bushes outside the back door in the spring when they came out of hibernation before scattering around the neighborhood. Wish there were some photos of that, it was a sight to see. Illinois does have rattlesnakes but they seem to be in only certain locales. I’m glad he’s a part of the farmy, even if mostly hidden. Great photos of him. Have a wonderful Independence day.

  15. Topic of the day to me seems that all is grist for Celi’s mill. You GO, Celi however: “You can have ’em, I don’t want ’em, too slithery for me. Too slithery for me. Too slithery for me.” Much love, Your Gayle

  16. I’m finally after being universally phobic about snakes to appreciate their beauty… some of them, sometimes. Nice snake, useful and decorative.

  17. It is easy to forget they have a purpose and totally freak out. I appreciated the helpful comments and hope I am never the one to come across any big snake!

  18. My sister in law used to pay one of her sons a quarter for every snake (mostly grass snakes) he relocated. Smart kid only relocated them around the corner so as not to run out of snakes!

  19. Perhaps it’s because I grew up with many reptiles that I love snakes. They are much misunderstood. Gentle creatures, but not much substance to their bodies, so some do have a nice wallop to their bite. But they’re not exactly out hunting humans. Quite the reverse, in fact. xo

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