• http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=59701294 Sam Spaulding

    Thanks for this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000807181949 Dawn Bingham

    omg, i’m scared of my feet being under my desk now.YIKES!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1410266178 Rhonda Griffin West

    This is very good info! Thank you for sharing! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ckevinfoster Kevin Foster

    My problem is not “with” the snakes, but identifying the babies. In particular, the baby copperheads. I seem to struggle finding adequate images of baby snakes.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7QIYQJUOC6Q7X5QLGGEJNECVI Ben

      Here is the best way to tell a poisonous from non in all cases in the Carolinas, except the coral snakes. Non-poisonous have round pupils (though not everyone wants to get that close) and poisonous snakes have slit pupils, like cats eyes.

      • Kat S

        Better yet – poisenous snakes mostly have triangular heads, most non-poisenous snakes do not.

  • Beth Ann Boyd

    I’m with you on not killing snakes…most of the time. We’ve had a few black snakes and Eastern garter snakes in the yard this year, and even one in our garage. However, when I had a small/baby snake in my house earlier this year, all bets were off! We couldn’t decide if it were a baby copperhead or a black rat, so we definitely killed the thing. I couldn’t sleep in our house for a few days even after convincing myself after the fact that it was just a black rat. Ugh!

  • Luvnut

    Ahhhhh, Carolina living. No thanks.

    • Kat S

      Better you stay up north anyway – don’t need more librals down here…thank you very much !!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2RDJPSYFXGA5L5AZ7OLEJBOO7I Johnny W

    Very nice, but I think you have the Black Racer and Black Rat Snake backwards. The Rat Snake is shiny black with a white belly. They actually move fairly slowly, which is why you see many of them killed on the road. The Black Racer has the color variance you described for the rat snake, and moves much faster. Definitely agree with you on relo rather than termination. I have also spotted (in the WNC mountains) a couple of juvenile timber rattlers this year – and just tried to leave them be. Saw a garter snake pull a large Carolina Red Toad out from under my front steps – a rather ambitious swallowing project – but I guess he finished and went on his way (me and my smart phone had to leave!)

  • ignatiusjreilly44194419

    You need a proofreader.

    • wxbrad

      If you can do it for free the jobs is yours.

  • 427Heel

    You wrote that kingsnakes eat “other venomous snakes.” Kingsnakes aren’t venomous, however they will eat venomous snakes.

    • wxbrad

      I know they aren’t venomous wasn’t trying to imply that they were. I’ll reword it, thanks!

  • david scheller

    I have lived in my current house for 20 years. Prior to this year, I had seen about a dozen snakes on the property. So far this year I have seen six. While I agree that it’s the warm weather causing it, I have to disagree with your conclusion that there aren’t “more snakes this year” We had a mild winter, generally mild winters make for a worse bug problem in the sprint and summer, more food for the snakes, which means their population can grow.
    (And good lord at the black snake hanging in the tree. Looks like a boa. They aren’t cross breeding with the invading species are they?)

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