This adorable little snake is small enough to be taking a sun bath on some daylily leaves. It was wary of me and soon sped away, but I got a few shots. I’d guess the length to be a foot and a half; the girth would be approximately two pencils. When young you can see some markings. As they age they get ever darker but retain the white chin.
These snakes are constrictors and they are not venomous although they could give you a bite. As adults their main food is small rodents with the occasion bird egg or hatchling or lizard or frog.
Ours seem fairly docile except when getting ready to shed – the itchy skin probably makes them cranky. They prefer to run away when people are near, but if cornered they can kink up their body and vibrate leaves making them sound like a rattlesnake.
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