My Friend the Rat Snake

I stepped out of my truck yesterday and noticed an adult rat snake looking at me from the edge of the woods. He (she?) was about two feet away. Another rat snake was nearby and quickly slithered off before I could photograph it. I was slightly alarmed by the sight of this duo. Mostly, I was pleased. These beautiful creatures are free rodent control!

I have all kinds of large, mysterious holes in my lawn and flower beds. I’m pretty sure they are chipmunk holes. I also have vole/mole trails throughout my yard. While these animals are cute, I’m not especially fond of the fact that they are tearing up my yard and flower beds. I will never intentionally kill or trap them. However, I am not at all opposed to them being eliminated by predators.

By the way, unless you are a mouse, mole, chipmunk, squirrel, bird, or egg, there is no need to fear a rat snake. They are not venomous and do not harm people. Please do not kill them just because you find them creepy!  The rat snake is your friend.


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