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Switzerland
Real Name
Matt
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M.
 
Location
Switzerland
Real Name
Matt
Appalachia's most common snake making appearances to photographers in both Virginias yesterday.
A rat snake of some description? I tried to find out, but could only narrow it down to three probable possibilities.

For someone like me who has seen snakes only in controlled environments, this'd be quite a shock, though possibly unwarranted ...

M.
 

tonyturley

Legend
Location
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Real Name
Tony
A rat snake of some description? I tried to find out, but could only narrow it down to three probable possibilities.

For someone like me who has seen snakes only in controlled environments, this'd be quite a shock, though possibly unwarranted ...

M.
Yep. Completely harmless, although my wife thought otherwise the morning she found one coiled up on the end of our bed. I sort of got myself in trouble by laughing so hard. Here's some info: Black Ratsnake
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Location
SW Virginia
Real Name
Steve
Appalachia's most common snake making appearances to photographers in both Virginias yesterday.
We may not have much, but we have lots of rat snakes. About 15 years ago, a British chemist had a one-year visiting position in our department. He lived in a small university-owned house and was a bit bothered by Virginia’s more “robust” insect ecology, especially the crickets. He also mentioned that he had seen a mouse, but that didn’t bother him. My other colleague Lisa, who was a native to the area, rather casually replied he had better deal with the mice or the snakes would come in to eat them. I still laugh when I think of the look on his face.
 

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