Richard and I met our dear friends, Mary and Steve on Saturday for a late afternoon walk at Panola Mountain and look what I spotted! A long black snake that was so completely still that at first, I thought it must be dead...but it was completely ensnared in the netting that was beside the trail. (The netting was there to stop erosion on the sides of the trail.) It was well and truly stuck. Our friend, Steve pulled out an impressive knife and worked for several minutes to free the snake. (The photo above was taken, after much of it had been freed.)
This was on such a steep slope that it was even difficult for Richard and Steve to stand, let alone to try and rescue a snake! Mary and I were on the trail lending our moral support and encouragement..."Even though it's not poisonous, doesn't mean it can't bite"...(Mary)
"Careful, it's very steep, you can fall down, you know!" (Me)
Who needs super heroes when you have guys like these around? Do you see where we are here? The husbands have gotten the snake down on the paved trail (that's the boardwalk just behind them, see it there?) and it is almost free, just a bit of green netting was clinging on...and just at that moment , a man came across the boardwalk, who seemed to be very knowledgeable about snakes and he picked the snake up by its head in a very expert manner and the netting just fell off. I took the best photo of this man on the bike posing with Steve but I neglected to get his name! So...man on the bike with the dog who helped with this snake, let me know if it is okay with you and I will identify you and show the photo! (Yes, you read that right...he had a dog on a leash trotting along with him!)
The man told us it was a king snake.
Black king snake...predominantly black with traces of white or yellow spots on its sides. (Lampropeltis getula nigra) Greek for "radiant" or "shiny" shields.. has very shiny coat, a truly beautiful snake.
All king snakes but especially the black king snake eat other snakes, even poisonous ones, in Georgia, that would be from rattlesnakes, copperheads and cottonmouths.
There are 41 species of snakes in Georgia...I am glad we found one of the NON-venomous ones!
If there are any herpetologists out there, then please feel free to leave a comment here!
Do you see the eye of the snake in the first photo? Compare it to the eye of the snake below.
Of course, you might not want to get this close to any snake!
What about you, would you rescue a snake entwined in netting like this?
And hey! I took all the photos for this post, just goes to show how much I want to take pictures if the other choice is getting close to a snake!
|Copperhead (I took this photo in our front yard last July!)|