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Jake did the sweetest thing...
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Cindi    Posted 10-02-2003 at 08:46:49       [Reply]  [No Email]

(gasp!)

No really. He and his dad were moving some lumber from the ground up to the top of the shed roof when Jake spied a four foot snake sunning itself on the shed roof. He came all the way into the house and hunted me down so that he could take me out and show me.

The snake apparently had made it's home up there as there was a bed or nest of sorts, so it may have been a female. Anyway, since we have both been doing some research on snakes we knew instantly that it was harmless to anything but rats and maybe chicks, but I dont have any of those right now so it was really nice to admire this animal and not feel compelled to kill it.




Larry 8N75381    Posted 10-02-2003 at 17:35:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Cindi,

Mine is not as pretty as yours being just black and white. Thought you'd like to see it anyway. Not too many people get to see baby Black Snakes. I went into one of my sheds and heard a thump on the floor. When I looked down this little guy was trying to get away as fast as it could!!! I was able to catch him finally after a struggle - it was so small I couldn’t get under it at first to pick it up.

I see and catch adults once or twice a year on my farm. Once I've let them calm down they are easy to handle. If you catch an adult Black Snake and look at it very carefully, you can see the remnants of the white pattern. As they age they get darker and darker so that they appear solid black. I always let them go where I feel they will be safe.

I LIKE having Black Snakes around so they keep the mice down. With out them the mice would multiply and that could lead the Copperhead Snakes that are around move in - DO NOT want that!! I hate to hear of anyone killing GOOD snakes. They are of value in keeping the rodent population in check.

Regards,
Larry


~Lenore    Posted 10-02-2003 at 17:49:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ooooh, what a cute little fellow!
Neat markings on him, good photo, Larry.


~Lenore    Posted 10-02-2003 at 09:48:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Congratulations!
Not all snakes need killing.
Some are very beneficial.


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