You will be seeing a few of the snakes that come to my house…I have been saving them to post in one section, as I have a friend who is so terrified of them that she can’t even look at a picture. So I had to warn her not to read the blog for awhile….at least until the snakes are done and I’ve found some birds or other critters to photograph….
In Sept I took a bike ride to see if I could find something to photograph. Nothing much was going on in the yard just then.
I was happy to see this Red Rat Snake…perhaps it’s the one we released in this area. It was stretched out in the road and didn’t move….just laid there.
It did keep an eye on me as I moved around it. Looks like there is a wound on it’s back. Perhaps a Hawk, Owl or Kite tried to grab it.
I took several pictures and was worried about it getting run over….so I gently touched it’s tail to get it to move on…..BOY!! did it ever!! It went into attack mode very quickly.
From that time on…it really kept a close watch on me. It was absolutely beautiful!!
Now ..how often do you get to see it’s belly?
I compared a close-up head shot of each snake and decided it’s not the one we released. If you look closely at the pattern on the back of their heads….you can see the difference.
Since I was riding my bike and it was a narrow dirt road…I waited for it to leave before trying to ride past. It finally got bored and moved off into the grass and the palm trees. I have since seen one other Red Rat Snake that exhibited the same behavior. Probably normal for a wild snake that is used to defending itself.
The two I photographed were only about 3’ long, and probably wont get a whole lot bigger…maybe a ft or two.
I was surprised to learn they can live to be 15 – 20 years old. They eat Anoles, small rodents and sometimes birds. They are non-venomous and normally docile. That’s why they are so popular as pets, but they really belong outdoors….doing what they were intended to do….. live out their lives keeping the rat and mice population down…..giving us a bit of cardio-vascular exercise when we almost step on it …and then all the oohs and aahs …….as we realize how lucky we’ve been to share another bit of nature’s beauty.