Anyone know what kind of snake this is hanging out on my back porch?
It looks like what we used to call "garter snakes" when I was a kid. We would pick them up and hold them, sometimes they would bite but it didn't really hurt. I can't tell you the exact name, but I know what the poisonous ones look like and that isn't one of them. I wouldn't worry about it.
This site has a pictorial series of questions that might help too. All I know about snakes is that I don't like *any* of them!
32x16 ft Grecian rectangular vinyl pool 8ft on deep end - 19000 gal. 18" Hayward S-240 sand filter. 250K BTU Pentair MasterTemp heater. Hayward 3/4 HP Super Pump.
Good thing I didn't find that in my backyard. Yuck! I did however find ducks swimming in my pool this evening. Can't be good for them with my high FC levels.
25,000 Gallons, Plaster, DE Filter, No SWG
The stories (all true) I can tell about our Snake/Spider Haven out here at New Fort West Dawg and Critter Ranch.
Looks like a Ribbon snake to me too; benificial.
After the shock of spotting a nonvenomous snake, and if you get a bite that breaks the skin about the worst you can expect is infection at the wound site. Some snakes carry more bacteria in their mouths; less with insect eaters, more with those that consume live, warm and cold blooded, prey. I hate getting bitten by anything, btw, but it's just part of the "job".
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That's a Garter Snake...at least what I have always learned. Pretty common just about everywhere and fairly easy to catch. They'll calm down pretty quickly if you don't alarm them and many people (who like snakes) will keep one as pets.
In the midwest, they would get up to about 3' and I'm sure really big ones would exceed that. They seemed a little more agressive acting as they got bigger. They love birds eggs and frogs and will swallow them whole. I have heard they will wrap around a tree to breakthe egg they've swallowed but I've never seen that.
In high School, I caught about a 2.5 footer who had swallowed an egg and was obviously not doing well. I took him to my biology class where he stayed in the glassed-in arboretum for all to see but he kept getting worse. My biology somehow chloroformed him and cut an incision on one side of his belly where the egg was lodged.........it was a Titleist!!
Mr Snake recovered very rapidly and began to eat and was released back to the wild that Spring. My bet is he stayed away from golf courses after that.
Yesterday, when I fired up the mower, one of those got thrown out from underneath. He lost the battle with the blade.
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60sf Nautilus DE filter
Hubby is a snake aficionado. He finds them and brings them home. We had a lovely king snake we named Queenie. Best handling snake I've ever had. We've had corn snakes, hog nose, black rat, black, garter, copperhead (none that came into the house - they I will kill). Growing up he and his Dad would go up into the hills/mountains of Jersey looking for any snake they could. Freud would have a field day.
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1 skimmer, 2 returns, no main drain
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