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Backyard herping...

Post by ratsnakehaven » June 6th, 2016, 5:51 am

I'm curious as to whether we can post a video clip on this forum? Anyway, here's a few pics from our property. The first is a Western thread snake that I found hanging by a thread (spider silk) in a tree in the big wash out front.

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As you can see, the back half of the snake has been chewed on, but it was still alive. We think the suspect predator was a huntsman spider.

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This is the tree it was in, about 6 ft. up in the air...
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Have been having good luck seeing Smith's blackheaded snakes in the yard recently. I saw two in January and several over the rest of the spring, when it was cooler and moister. I think it has to do with how I've been working the property...
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I need to process more pics before I can post anymore....haha.

This post was inspired mostly by Robert. Hope this helps a little... :)

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Post by NACairns » June 6th, 2016, 6:13 am

Cool observations. A bit jealousy inspiring that those are the sorts of things you see in your back yard.
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Post by ratsnakehaven » June 6th, 2016, 7:36 am

Thank you. Lots of stuff on our little one acre. I'm trying to landscape for lizards and birds. The snakes just seem to follow the food, shelter, and moisture.

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Post by robert » June 16th, 2016, 9:01 am

Thanks for the photos. Bost had a really cold rainy spring, and the timing of emergence was thrown off. I did not find any Timbers or Copperheads). But now I am about a month away from visiting my brother in the Florida keys (with a stop in Everglades National park). Hopefully some good snakes (and exotic lizards--Tegus, Nile water monitors, Basilisks, Day Geckos, and old-world Chameleons).

And then in early Aug, AZ. Have my heart set on oxybelis. I know its a long-shot, but everyone has to have their White Whale.

Again, neat photos.

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Post by ratsnakehaven » June 20th, 2016, 3:15 pm

Thanks, Robert. Good luck in FL.

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