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Offline skippy1999

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1850: August 26, 2020, 10:03:39 AM »
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I saw a picture of a moose lying in/on someone's above-ground pool...it (the pool) was definitely the worse for wear. 

When I lived in Coconut Grove (Miami), there was a raccoon family that would raid the cats' dishes (eating it with their hands like Ethiopian food) and then wash their paws in the pool.  It was hilarious. 

My daughter has caught raccoons washing their hands in their pool on her security camera, they are adorable :)

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1851: August 28, 2020, 03:58:53 PM »

While mowing the lower 40 this morning, a 4' long copperhead jumped out of the grass.  It made its way under our deck and eventually into a drain pipe for our gutter and downspouts, where it reconnoitered and plotted its next move.

We "enjoyed" several more close encounters together before it grew tired of me and slithered away.

Mrs. VaRK called it a black racer, and not being an amateur ornithologist myself, I'll have to believe her...but it was a just a copperhead to me.  All snakes are copperheads to me.


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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1852: August 28, 2020, 04:14:19 PM »
While mowing the lower 40 this morning, a 4' long copperhead jumped out of the grass.  It made its way under our deck and eventually into a drain pipe for our gutter and downspouts, where it reconnoitered and plotted its next move.

We "enjoyed" several more close encounters together before it grew tired of me and slithered away.

Mrs. VaRK called it a black racer, and not being an amateur ornithologist myself, I'll have to believe her...but it was a just a copperhead to me.  All snakes are copperheads to me.

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Looks like a black mamba to me.  :ballbat:

Offline wj73

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1853: August 28, 2020, 04:27:51 PM »
What a beauty! And perfectly harmless. Good to have around if you have problems with nuisance rodents.


But still startling as hell when one pops out at you!  :shock:

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1854: August 28, 2020, 04:34:18 PM »
While mowing the lower 40 this morning, a 4' long copperhead jumped out of the grass.  It made its way under our deck and eventually into a drain pipe for our gutter and downspouts, where it reconnoitered and plotted its next move.

We "enjoyed" several more close encounters together before it grew tired of me and slithered away.

Mrs. VaRK called it a black racer, and not being an amateur ornithologist myself, I'll have to believe her...but it was a just a copperhead to me.  All snakes are copperheads to me.

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Did you have to go shopping for a new pair of shorts?

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1855: August 28, 2020, 04:42:12 PM »
What a beauty! And perfectly harmless. Good to have around if you have problems with nuisance rodents.


But still startling as hell when one pops out at you!  :shock:

yep - black rat snake.  We've had a few neighbors who have had them get into the house.  Not fun to remove.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1856: August 28, 2020, 04:48:10 PM »
Did you have to go shopping for a new pair of shorts?

"Satin" finish. blue/black belly. A Black Racer. I just "found" one of those in my wood pile.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1857: August 28, 2020, 05:11:51 PM »
What a beauty! And perfectly harmless. Good to have around if you have problems with nuisance rodents.


But still startling as hell when one pops out at you!  :shock:

We have no problem rodents...perhaps this is why...  ;)

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1858: August 28, 2020, 05:12:21 PM »
Did you have to go shopping for a new pair of shorts?

There was a quick equipment check...  :hysterical:

Offline Count Walewski

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1859: August 28, 2020, 06:07:03 PM »
Those make great pets actually. I had a very closely related species (the Corn Snake) as a pet in elementary school.

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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1860: August 28, 2020, 08:36:29 PM »
I've always loved snakes.  Gave my mum fits when I was a little kid in Bangkok, where pretty much every snake other than the Burmese python (which can crush your neck) has deadly venom  :lol:


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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1861: August 29, 2020, 01:19:21 AM »
We have no problem rodents...perhaps this is why...  ;)

No clue what it's like in your neck of the woods, but there are a lot of places in DC with serious rat issues. Rat Snakes can definitely help keep things under control, and as noted by others, they are totally harmless to people. If one feels threatened and tries to strike you, it's a bit less painful than a small dog stepping on your foot.


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Re: Backyard critters
« Reply #1864: August 29, 2020, 08:53:48 PM »
I read "tap nuts" and instantly became a bit queazy...
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