Saturday, June 25

Snakes Ahead (Fair Warning!!)

I have no idea what kind of snake this is. I have never seen a black one with these greyish-white markings. Since his head is triangular, I assume he is poisonous. He was very aggressive, and slithered toward my van with no apprehension at all. I zoomed the last shot and then cropped it some (so you could see the detail) but he was only 3 feet from my car door when I snapped this - and moving rapidly. As soon as I took the second shot, I raised my window as fast as I could. It will be fine if I never see him or his ilk again!!

12 comments:

Kay Dennison said...

Yikes!!! Just the photo gives me the heebie jeebies.

Pat said...

If he were brown and shorter I'd say he was a slow worm. We have them and they are good for the garden.

mamie said...

My husband says it is a black rat snake and not poisonous. Totally harmless if a bit scary!!!!! (The scary description is mine not his)

db grin said...

smart of you to not engage him (or her) any further. Spade-shaped heads are indeed indicative of poisonosity.

db grin said...

Might be a black rat snake - nonpoisonous. The round pupil is an indicator of nonvenomosity, as are the several pics I just looked at that very much resemble 'your' snake.

Better safe than sorry though!

Peter said...

Seems you don't have to come to dangerous Australia to meet up with crawly monsters Judy.... stay safe

srp said...

I DON'T CARE IF IT IS POISONOUS OR NOT!!!!
I HATE SNAKES!!!
Now, I have this picture in my head and I have to go to bed soon..... aaaarrrrggghhhh! Shivers and squirmy feelings abound!

Peruby said...

My research also suggested black rat snake. My brother is the expert, not me. I think my first instinct when I see a snake on the road is to run over it with my car (apologies to my brother!). I don't do this with my car mind you, I'm just sayin'. ;)

Tabor said...

He is not dangerous. This was the same type that ate my wren babies not so long ago. He looks worse than he is and if you picked him up he might bite...but you would survive. Not that you would ever pick him up!!

Anonymous said...

What is it that makes so many people fearful of snakes? I understand one's being startled; but, fearful? I don't know a single soul who was ever "done in" by a snake. I know of only one person who was bitten by a snake - a black snake that left teeth in my friend's hand (this was in 1954), but the snake didn't really hurt its captor. *shaking my head*
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Joy Des Jardins said...

Yikes...SNAKES...one of my least favorite things in this world. I'm with you Judy....roll those windows up.

LL Cool Joe said...

Wow you were brave, although snakes don't really scare me. Loads of other things do, but not snakes! Mind you we don't many in the UK. :D