Monday, October 5, 2009

Little rat snakes grow to be big rat snakes

Remember my post wherein a large rat snake scared the willies out of me when it stuck its head out of my extension cord reel?

Neighbor Larry found a baby one yesterday and brought it up to the house. Rat snakes can be a little aggressive when cornered. This little one had already learned its strike pose and shook its tiny tail like it meant business. Being only about 6 inches long instead of 6 feet, it was kind of cute.

We like rat snakes around Deerfield because they, along with hawks, tend to keep our prolific field mice population in check. Larry released him in the woods. Larry, was that your woods or mine?

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