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Jun 7, 2010
First I must say this: When you get to the pictures click to enlarge them!!!
Yesterday as I was planting ferns, I nearly stepped on a HUGE Fox Snake. I screamed for Thom to come and see how big it was, okay ~ and because it scared the bejeebers out of me! It was nearly 50 inches long! Then today as I was tossing out some vegetable scraps, I looked over at my old beaten down trunk that I had just planted with herbs, checking to see if last nights frost warning did any damage (which it didn't) but WOW was I in for a shocker ... check out what came slithering out of the hole in the ground, IN the trunk that I had just planted. Being the trunk is so big we had filled the bottom of it with pieces of packing styrofoam - you know, the hard formed stuff you find around t.v's., tables saws, etc. So there's only dirt on the top part of the box leaving plenty of room for a "snake pit!" What I've read about these snakes is that they start out at a foot long and can get to just over 5 feet. These two are the "small ones" but look at the size of them. They love ticks and rodents and are not poisionous. They will imitate rattle snakes by coiling themselves up and shaking their tales in the leaves, but all in all they're known as "good" snakes to have around. But they are too close for comfort if you ask me!!
Watch your step!!
I have a super video of them getting down and dirty, doing the lovey thing but it's too huge to post. But man, can they flip and flop while tied in a knot!