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Interesting Night Last Night

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Post by lonestar144 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:40 pm

Last night about 1 AM, my dog started barking, thought she was barking at the deer, as usual. But noticed her bark was a little different, so I went to the door and knocked for her to come. When she got to the porch, she turned and started looking at the ground, ran back down the stairs and stood about the place she was looking before. So I grabbed the flashlight, my pistol and went to check it. What I found was a king snake eating a copperhead. All my years I have never seen this in action, so I woke the kids and the wife to come watch. Almost at the the end, the copperhead's tail wrapped around a small branch and knotted up, so mr.king snake couldn't get him all the way down. So I helped him out by untangling the branch and allowed him to finish dinner. After he was done, I picked the king snake up and relocated him about 100yrds from the house in the pasture, that way my dog wouldn't kill it. Thought that was pretty cool to watch.


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Post by C-dub » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:57 pm

Cool!
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Post by puma guy » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:56 pm

:thumbs2: Very Cool!
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Post by J.R.@A&M » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:46 pm

Sorta like what the DNC did to Bernie. Or Stalin v. Hitler. The analogies are endless.
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Post by carlson1 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:11 pm

That is something I have never seen in person either. I am not a snake fan, but any thing that kills coopeheads can’t be all bad.
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Post by Boxerrider » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:31 pm

Excellent! I had heard of it but never seen it happen.
I'm trying to get some sort of scale. Assuming those are not giant leaves, then neither of those is a very big snake. Correct? The copperhead doesn't look much smaller than the king snake though.

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Post by Lynyrd » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:39 pm

Awesome! I've seen a few speckled king snakes on my place, but never saw one eat a copperhead. What an experience!
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Post by lonestar144 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:47 pm

After a bit more looking at my pic, I have concluded that the snake being the meal, was not a copperhead, but a glossy snake. The glossy snake is non-venomous, mostly nocturnal and it's diet is mostly small vertebrates, like mice and lizards. Still cool to see anyways.
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Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:31 pm
Excellent! I had heard of it but never seen it happen.
I'm trying to get some sort of scale. Assuming those are not giant leaves, then neither of those is a very big snake. Correct? The copperhead doesn't look much smaller than the king snake though.
King snake was about 12in long, other was about 8-9in.

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Post by Boxerrider » Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:06 am

The shape of the head would have been a quick identifier, but Mr. King Snake didn't allow you that view!
Still plenty of justification for letting the non-venomous snakes be.


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Post by gamboolman » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:34 pm

Dayum !
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Post by Grundy1133 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:44 pm

J.R.@A&M wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:46 pm
Sorta like what the DNC did to Bernie. Or Stalin v. Hitler. The analogies are endless.
reminds me of a double ouroboros
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Post by der Teufel » Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:44 am

It looks like a rat snake to me. Normally I feel that most snakes are beneficial to the environment, particularly anything called a Rat Snake. However, our local biologist recommends eliminating rat snakes whenever we find them because they're very detrimental to ground nesting birds (like turkeys).
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