I found one of these in my wood pile yesterday

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  1. 24 track

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    the main difference between Lizards and snakes is that lizards have ears , there are at least 2 species of legless lizards called Glass lizards but they have ears other than that they look like snakes but have ears and eyelids, snakes cannot close their eyes , and hear only through vibration, to say that all snakes are cold blooded ( the correct term is ectothermic)is a missnomer, Pythons will suround their egg clutch and physically raise their body temperature some 8 degrees to help incubate the clutch also Pythons have cloacle spurs and a pelvic girdle either the reminence or the evolution of legs to be determined.

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    isnt it cool all the useless info one garners in the course of a life time ? yeah thats right :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I once found a decent size garter snake in my backyard when mowing. I didn't want to accidentally run over it so I thought I'd catch it and put it over the fence. I remember watching Steve Irwin on his show catching snakes by the tail, and he made it look easy. I thought I'd try that. Man, I chased that thing all over the backyard before I finally got it. It sure isn't as easy as he made it look. He was headed for the fence, so he was going where he needed to, but by that time it was a challenge I had to meet, so I finally got hold of his tail before he could get away under the fence. Once I got him I lifted him over the fence, right where he was headed anyway. Silly of me, perhaps, but I just had to catch him.

    I haven't seen any garter snakes around here in years, but I have seen some good sized black snakes and chicken snakes.
     
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    Lots of food (small rodents)?
     
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    I had an unusual amount of mice enter the garage this year but I was able to dispatch them with out issue , I dispize hurting them needlessly but a 28 day jestation period and 6-8 to a litter is crazy, kind of like fighting an army of orcs.
     
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    Lucky you. Round here 'found in wood pile' usually means scorpions or some sort of spider.
     
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    I believe that people in my neighborhood are very sheltered. No spiders or snakes or big bears of ant natural frightening things. Another thing is that we have no personality when we speak. We are the most boring part of the USA.

    Wis CON sin.
     
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    there were a few spiders some wolf and black widows but as long as they are outside i'm fine , in the house , "well if they aint payin rent ...eviction by force , or extreme prejuduce" I just take them for granted
     
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    how was the dog? is it OK
     
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    As far as I know, there are no poisonous snakes in RI. Mostly garters and Black Racers. I leave 'em alone. The Racers eat small rodents, so I'm happy to see them. I'm in the country, so mice are always a problem.
     
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    Garter Snakes :
    Their diet consists of almost any creature they are capable of overpowering: slugs, earthworms (nightcrawlers, as red wigglers are toxic to garter snakes), leeches, lizards, amphibians (including frog eggs),minnows, and rodents. Food is swallowed whole.
    Venom
    Garter snakes were long thought to be nonvenomous, but discoveries in the early 2000s revealed they do, in fact, produce a neurotoxic venom. Despite this, garter snakes cannot kill humans with the small amounts of comparatively mild venom they produce, and they also lack an effective means of delivering it. They do have enlarged teeth in the back of their mouths, but their gums are significantly larger, and the secretions are only mildly toxic.
     
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    Only thing I ever found in the woodpile was a jug of my cousins special reserve he made himself . And then forgot where he hid it:lol::lol::twisted:
     
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    I bet that had a bite worse than a rattler, ......did you cover it up and leave it alone? :lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I may have been young and quite foolish at the time:rolleyes:
     
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    I have been bitten by gatrers with no reaction ( swelling or redness ) the female tegu bit right through my finger nail but I had a Q tip in my hand at the time so she never broke the skin , the Savanah got me across my hand and for 3 days I had a swollen left hand at the bite mark no ill effects , monitors especially big ones command respect and lots of it ,

    I never ever handled them if I had been drinking, you never knew what form of bacteria they predigested their food with
     
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    Bet if you spent some time in Indiana you'd think Wisconsin was a real adrenaline rush. There are at least 2 reasons why Indianapolis is called "Naptown."
     
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    I have quite a few garden snakes around the yard.
     
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    We have a ton of skinks on our new property. I had no idea they lived in MD. They're all over the place.

    There was a huge Northern water snake basking on our deck when the cleaning crew was here before we moved in. They sent a video to my wife and really freaked her out. They were scared, but I could tell it was harmless. It fled as soon as it saw them, and I haven't seen a snake on the property since.
     
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    Had one of these living in the wood pile back in the 1960s but he vanished and hasn't been seen since.

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    Yeah, just a swollen face for a few days. Started her on benadryl immediately and took her to the vet the next morning. She's good as new. Thankfully, copperhead venom isn't too bad, comparatively, and they don't always inject a full load of venom, and often dry bite.
     
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