Good reason to let black snakes share your landscape…

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 | Comments Off on Good reason to let black snakes share your landscape…

Black Snake and Rattle Snake - Photo by Living Alongside Wildlife

Mendy and I have named all the various blacksnakes on the various farms where we’ve lived either “Snidely” or “Snidelina”  depending on how large or how graceful and pretty they have been.  Yes we’ve  had pretty ones—long and slim with gleaming white undersides and shiny black scales. Ok, so it’s just me who thinks they are pretty and Mendy prefers not to see them at all. Still, we have not bothered them except in rare and tragic, chicken-related accidents…

Here’s a GREAT reason to tolerate black snakes: they prey on poisonous snakes! I’d always heard that said, but this blog post I came across thanks to Joy B shows a black snake in action with a rattler. Amazing.

NOT that I really want to see this wild-kingdom kind of action on my actual patio…..still, glad to know it’s not just a myth. Amazing photos. Check it out here. http://goo.gl/TeR24 at the blog Living Alongside Wildlife.   (Photo, thankfully, by the blogger, not me.)

—A Larrapin Garden…currently in search of a new home in the Blue Ridge of North Carolina.  Leigh’s posts on this blog may be boom or bust depending on the season, but if you subscribe here you’ll get one weekly email—usually on Wednesdays—to let you know what’s new. You are also invited to get garden related miscellany and recipes at the brand new Facebook page or on Twitter.

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