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Old 06-22-2009, 07:24 AM
 
Location: West, Southwest, East & Northeast
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There are many snakes in W-S neighborhood that most people will never see. Most all W-S neighborhoods have plenty of trees and landscaping (bushes, small trees, ground cover, mulch, etc.) where snakes make their home. You do not have to be near "woods" to have plenty of snakes living right under your nose...or right over your head.

Here are a few pictures of the common black rat (racer) snake in trees. These snakes can easily climb up or down a vertical tree trunk - and they like to rest on tree limbs. They will also climb up the side of a house, but that's rare unless they are after a source of food.

The picture of the black snake on the white front door is something that is far more common than most people think. What you don't want happening is to open the door and have a snake dart inside the house!



http://icons-pe.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/k/KittenEileen/1308.jpg (broken link)





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Old 06-22-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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Well, we had our first black racer of the year on Sunday. He was a small one, a bit less than 2 feet. We found him near the base of one of our pear trees in the backyard, with a very full belly. Unfortunately he raided the sparrows nest in the other pear tree and ate two of the babies, and killed the third but left it in the nest, before Momma and Papa sparrow managed to kill him. Sad Father's Day for the sparrows... bad day for the snake too.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:04 PM
 
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About the increase in snakes that I have noticed-
I'm a cyclist, meaning that I ride bicycles on the road, and end up seeing plenty of roadkill, as well as live critters. There have been many snakes hit by cars out by the roads compared to last year.
I went out today and rode about 20 miles and counted about 7 snakes by the roadside, all but one were blacksnakes.
(again, blacksnakes are good to have around)
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:56 PM
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... There have been many snakes hit by cars out by the roads compared to last year...
Interesting comment AND I AM NOT CHALLENGING YOU. My observation has been just the opposite, however. To the extreme. We are in New Bern, now, and have seen few snakes on the road. My brother has a house on Pamlico Sound, you get there four or five miles of road through very wet/swampy land. We used to see 10's of snakes on the road, this year, in three trips, none.

Just got back from a trip to SW GA. about 21 hours of driving roundtrip. A lot of it was interstate, but many hours on two lane, backroads. Zero snakes alive or dead on road. Lots of armadillos, no snakes.

Now I am not seeing them on the sides like you could from a bike, but I do look, since they interest me to no end. I have never seen fewer than this year, but really,the last several years has seen a noticeable decline.

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Old 06-22-2009, 07:05 PM
 
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I have noticed an increase in road killed snakes, too, from previous years. And I travel an hour away from WS daily.
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:28 PM
 
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Interesting creatures!









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