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Awesome evening!


I was out in the backyard doing a little “spot watering” on my various flowerbeds and FINALLY got some digital photos of my “rat-snake” buddy that has been hanging around the area! I hadn’t seen him in a long while and finally had the camera in the right place at the right time:

He is one beautiful boy and is about 6 feet long:

If you look at the shape of his head, you can see that it is not the typical “ace of spades” shape the the viper species has. This big boy can bite, but is not poisonous.

He feeds on rats and mice and is a highly beneficial snake in any garden.
We used to have a terrible “field mouse infestation” from the farm field behind our property, and since my buddy has shown back up, the mice are gone! Gotta love it!


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wow,im soo glad i live in england,i would freak out every 2 seconds,but brill photos,its realy long and thin,does it only come out at night,im looking after my sons bearded dragons at the mo which i like but the snakes no way,chris

2 Jun, 2010


Same here Ladybug47 I hate them. But like you say brilliant pic N2O ...../

2 Jun, 2010


Oh my gosh - I jump at frogs jumping out at me - not sure what I would do if a snake came out of the undergrowth - but I'm glad hes helped cheaper than having a cat i suppose!!

2 Jun, 2010


Actually, frogs, lizards, most spiders, wasps and bees are very beneficial to the garden ecosystem. They help control a lot the pests that eat tomatoes and other vegetables. I just LOVE all of the surprises that an entirely organic backyard ecosystem has to offer! It's never a dull moment around here and I just love the incredible bio-diversity that I see every day..

3 Jun, 2010


I bought my house 4 years ago. The previous owner kept the grass super short and let nothing grow. My approach is a little different. Since moving in we now have 5 frog and toad species breeding in the yard and we see loads of snakes and turtles. There's so much development, so many people, so many roads....the best thing we can do is try to provide some sort of natural habitat for our native wildlife. I love your rat snake - I have 6-footers here also.

6 Jun, 2010


Good for you Lauram!
My new place is the very last home at the edge of a big development neighborhood. I have houses across the street and next to us, but to the east and south is pure undeveloped raw "mother nature". I just love it!
We have spotted wild birds on our feeders that nobody in town has seen.
Gotta love it!

7 Jun, 2010

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