.....and a snake....

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Registered: 11-21-2001
.....and a snake....
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Wed, 05-04-2011 - 10:56am

I've been warned that there are a lot of snakes in VA, some that you really need to be careful about.

Laura
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Wed, 05-04-2011 - 4:18pm

What kind of snake?




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Registered: 11-21-2001
Thu, 05-05-2011 - 9:59am

I never saw a snake when I lived in NJ....thankfully.

Laura
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Thu, 05-05-2011 - 7:01pm

I didn't see many snakes growing up in Essex county, 15 min. from NYC.




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Registered: 01-03-2001
Sat, 05-07-2011 - 10:19am

Long, thin and black --- not poisonous. Probably a Black Racer --- a very common snake but it could be a Eastern Hognose too. See http://www.stewart.army.mil/dpw/wildlife/nonvenomous_snakes.htm

Rattlesnakes, cotton mouths and copperheads are patterned and brownish. Coral snakes (if you live int eh south) are red, black and yellow (but not all red, black and yellow snakes are bad --- some snakes mimic coral snake patterns to avoid being eaten! http://chalk.richmond.edu/education/projects/webunits/adaptations/snake.html). Those are the only poisonous snakes you are likely to encounter in the USA...

Leave this snake be --- he's probably eating mice which is a good thing!



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Registered: 11-21-2001
Sat, 05-07-2011 - 2:23pm

Oh yes....I wouldn't go near him unless he was threatening to one of my dogs.

Laura