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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:06 pm 
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The other day we were cruising the streets in the neighborhood seeking blooms and birds when we came across this small Gophersnake sunning itself in the middle of the road. I go slow while exploring but some neighbors use the streets as freeways. Had I left it where it was so compfortable it most surely would have had a very short future.
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I stopped and went back and it made no move. Too compfortable because it was plenty warm for it to be able to move normally. I nudged it a couple times with my boot and it still refused to move. I got out one of my heavy duty walking sticks and pounded the ground behind it so it had no way of knowing what was making the viberations. That caused it to move about 3 feet before needing to feel another unidentified vibration.
Once I coaxed it to the side of the road it got on top of dirt pile and proceeded to finish it's sun bath.
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They are very effective rodent controlers and can grow to 8 feet making them the largest snake in our area. To make a coyote or dog think twice they can shake their tail and make impressive strikes that if connect will usually make the attacker think twice.
Love those Herps,

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:11 pm 

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If I came across a 6+ ft. snake, I would go the other way! I like the small ones. :D That 2nd picture is great, so much detail. Thanks for the tutorial!

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