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Old 06-21-2008, 05:47 AM   #15
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Fyrzowt is right. Here's a rattler who showed up while I was mowing the lawn last week. He had been eating chipmunks in the stone wall. I took him for a ride about a mile and a half back in the woods, near a known den, and released him. Not the best picture, but hopefully you can see the jaw is much wider than his "neck".
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Old 06-21-2008, 07:40 AM   #16
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That's a non-poisonous Common Kingsnake, Jim...Lampropeltis getulus holbrooki...otherwise known as a speckled kingsnake. Kingsnakes are nice snakes and if approached with respect can be easily handled and become tame. Their preferred diet is rodents and rattlesnakes, the latter of which they are immune to their poisonous bite. Keep that snake around and it will keep your place free of rats, mice and dangerous snakes.

We had a 4' California Kingsnake we caught at the house here a couple years ago. We kept it in a terrarium for about a year as a pet and it became very tame...almost sweet!

Thank you. I don't want to destroy a animal out of my ignorance, I really appreciate you response and information. My Miniature Schnauzer feel better now also. I can now tame him and have him patrol around the Airstream to keep the mice out.
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Old 06-21-2008, 07:45 AM   #17
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Here in the Southwest we have more then our share of snakes. My job takes me to some very remote desert locations and I am always on the watch for these guys. When it comes to my swimming pool, I perfer a large yellow lab (Gracie) over any snake.
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My Miniature Schnauzer feel better now also. I can now tame him ....
Tee-hee! Good luck. Good thing he's not a Parson's Russell terrier.
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Old 06-21-2008, 08:16 AM   #19
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Richard, great pool great dog. I think that is called the "Save the Baby Leap". You have to love em. My MS wants to be in the pool when we are in the pool he runs around the edge barking. Schnauzers are not known for their swimming ability. I will grab him and put him on a float which calms him down. He is now within a couple of feet of his family so all is ok.

CanoeStream my niece has a Jack Russell Terror. The list of things this dog has done is to lengthy to document. Most two notable are he ate all the connecting cords for their computer system, and he ran through a glass door with a trip to the vet for stitches. Everyone in the family loves him he just is misguided sometimes.
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My other two dogs do not use the pool. We have taken them in a few times to teach them where the steps are. Bandit (16 years old & 15 pounds) has fallen into the pool a few times and has always swam her way out.
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Old 06-21-2008, 08:46 AM   #21
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Here's a picture that a friend shot out on the deck of his house.



We think it's a rat snake constricting a Texas night snake.
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Ran across this one in Wind River Canyon in WY. It was laying on the asphalt of one of the many turnouts. It was dead and probably had been freshly hit by a car. It didn't appear to have any noticeable trauma and looked like it could just crawl off. Don't have any idea what kind of snake it was.
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Old 06-21-2008, 11:40 AM   #23
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Don't have any idea what kind of snake it was.
That's a Bullsnake. They are non-poisonous but depending on how they are approached can be mean as hell. They eat rodents too.
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Thanks for the information. It was a beautiful snake. Just crossed the road at the wrong time, I guess.
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In these parts we have some rattlers. Hardly ever see em. Plenty of bull snakes, corn snakes, rat snakes and milk snakes, the names of which are often interchanged. A corn snake looks different but bull snakes and rat snakes I think are the same critter. A corn snake is brown and yellow. Anybody have a difinitive answer about are these different types of snakes?
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Yeah, Jim, that looks like a Kingsnake...fortunately. Farmers like to keep 'em in barns and stuff as free rodent removal service. You should make him a nest in your garage!
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In these parts we have some rattlers. Hardly ever see em. Plenty of bull snakes, corn snakes, rat snakes and milk snakes, the names of which are often interchanged. A corn snake looks different but bull snakes and rat snakes I think are the same critter. A corn snake is brown and yellow. Anybody have a difinitive answer about are these different types of snakes?
Rat snakes and Bull snakes are different critters. Being in New Mexico the type of rat snake you are probably referring to is the Trans Pecos Rat Snake which is genus Elaphe, while the Bullsnake is genus Pituophis. They kind of look similar but have different habits and scale types. Rat snakes have lightly keeled scales, while bull snakes are sharply keeled. Reptile scales are generally smooth or have a ridge called a keel. When describing snake scales, think of the bottom of a boat. A smooth scale would be like the bottom of a kayak, a lightly keeled scale would have a ridge like a row boat, and a sharply keeled scale would be like a sailboat.

The milk snakes you probably have there are Mexican Milk snakes and have a beautiful bold red-black-yellow pattern. While they are non-poisonous, they resemble a Coral Snake which is poisonous and has a red-yellow black pattern. This is a defense mechanism for the harmless milk snake.

Corn snakes are different still. They have a mild temperament and can make good pets. They are commonly sold in pet shops.
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Old 06-21-2008, 04:21 PM   #28
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so i see the snake and i'm thinking........
was the good snake have a red-yellow black pattern or was that the bad snake?

all i know is: "Asps; very dangerous!"
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