Posted 10-02-2003 at 17:35:22
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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.