Snakes of the Good Kind and One Bad KindPosted: June 4, 2020
Spring brings many critters to the garden, which includes snakes. I probably see more snakes in the Spring than any other time. I found a juvenile Rat Snake in the warm stones in the front yard. They eat rodents, lizards or toads, but will climb trees to eat eggs from bird nests. I can always tell when the birds spot a Rat Snake, as they all gather and scream at it. This snake is not venomous to humans, but could bite and pass disease.
These two Ribbon Snakes have paired up for the season. The large one has recently had a feeding. I came across her a few days later and got an eyeful of what exactly she likes to eat. I’m not posting that photo. These snakes are also called garden or green snakes. They are not venomous and eat garden pests.
And now the snake of the bad kind. This is a Copperhead and helps by eating bugs and rodents, but is venomous to humans. Most people live after being bit. This young snake was curled up in my planter. A reminder to look first. I have also found Copperheads to be mostly chill and like to watch whatever I’m doing.
(Sorry about the quality of these photos, as they were snapped quickly with my phone.)
Before I got around to posting this, the young Copperhead (I think it is the same one) decided to visit the back porch. Naturally, it found a nice corner near the door my husband would be coming through soon. My husband, who is not into nature as much as I am, always has these snake encounters and this is the second time one waited for him at the garage door.
Copperheads have a very distinctive Hershey Kiss pattern on their skin.
My tip for making snakes move without hurting them is to gently hose them with water or even throwing bowls of water on them. Unfortunately, this youngster was a bit clueless, as many young are, and came towards me instead of away when I threw water on it.