First One I Have Seen In Several Years

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This morning I was out doing some yard work when I noticed this beauty out enjoying some sunshine. I quickly put Chancy in the other fenced area of the yard so he would not chase it away or catch it…he is fast and I did not want to take a chance. These snakes keep rats and mice away and I never want to cause harm to them. Some people keep them as pets but I would never do that…in my opinion they were not meant to be pets. I welcome them to keep the rats and mice away from my place. They are a link in the food chain of life and we need them.Ā  http://www.herpsofarkansas.com/Snake/LampropeltisHolbrooki

28 thoughts on “First One I Have Seen In Several Years

  1. Katie Isabella 05/19/2017 / 11:29 am

    OH that IS a fine looking snake. I haven’t seen any here at all since my middle boy was about 2! Quite a while ago.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/19/2017 / 12:44 pm

      I was glad I got a pic of it. I have not seen it again.

  2. Tiny 05/10/2017 / 9:52 am

    Great it was a non-poisonous one. We see them once in a few years here too…and I am happy with that frequency šŸ™‚ I hope your week is sunny and warm. Hugs!

  3. Holistic Wayfarer 05/07/2017 / 7:44 pm

    My 10-yr-old wonders if they have any venom or if they constrict (enemies). What its main defense is.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/08/2017 / 8:20 am

      They will bite, poop, and emit a foul-smelling musk odor if disturbed.

      • Holistic Wayfarer 05/08/2017 / 11:24 am

        Have passed that on. He laughed. Thanks, M.

  4. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy 05/05/2017 / 10:46 am

    What a neat looking snake! Choppy has yet to really interact with one – even though we have been places with many, many snakes. I don’t know if she can’t smell them or what, she just seems to ignore them.

  5. angelswhisper2011 05/05/2017 / 3:54 am

    Mags and Chancy and Pooh?…so glad to see you. I think we have lost you along the way, but we’re glad you’re back šŸ™‚ Pawkisses for a Happy Furriday šŸ™‚ ā¤

  6. meowmeowmans 05/04/2017 / 9:06 pm

    What a beautiful snake, Mags. We love your attitude about letting them be there in your yard. Good idea to put Chancy in the fenced off yard, because I’m sure he is fast enough to catch a snake!

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/08/2017 / 11:24 am

      Oh, yes Chancy is for sure fast enough to catch snakes…he has caught birds. He gave me the first one unharmed…the second one was not so lucky. šŸ˜¦

  7. LP 05/04/2017 / 8:30 pm

    What a beautiful snake! Our Mama would have wanted to pick it up but she would never want to keep it as a pet! Wild thing should be kept in the wild šŸ™‚

    the critters in the cottage xo

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/08/2017 / 11:25 am

      Good for you Mama…we like that she would not want to keep the snake as a pet.

  8. Nylabluesmum 05/03/2017 / 11:26 am

    Beery kewl snake Aunty Maggie! They do have their purr-pose rite?? LadyMum likess snakess as long as not poisonous. Wee not have snakess where wee live butt there are garter snakess at thee farm!
    Yur such a nice lady Aunty! Most people wood WHAP thee snake a good one!
    ***nose kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

  9. Arkansas Patti 05/03/2017 / 11:02 am

    I haven’t seen one in a long time also. I do let them live and do their magic with rodents and just protect the bird nest boxes from them as they do like eggs and baby birds.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/04/2017 / 3:00 pm

      Yes, they do like eggs and baby birds. I let all stay in my yard that are not poisonous…those I have to have someone relocate. Don’t want Chancy or me getting bit.

  10. Tamago 05/03/2017 / 10:52 am

    Looks like a big snake! I wouldn’t keep them as pets, either!

  11. Madsnapper 05/03/2017 / 9:35 am

    we had black and white king snakes but I have not seen a specled one like this. he is beautiful. we had them in GA but not here, but we do love our rodent eating black racers.

  12. ianscyberspace 05/02/2017 / 9:51 pm

    Yes I would not keep a snake as a pet. They take a lot of care and cleaning for them to stay healthy. I’m glad you see the value. If course I would feel different about having a rattler in the back yard. šŸ™‚

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/03/2017 / 9:14 am

      I would have to have a rattler, copper head or any other poisonous snake moved from my yard. I would not want them hanging around my place for sure.

  13. Brian 05/02/2017 / 7:30 pm

    That is a fine looking critter and it did a pretty good selfie too!

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/03/2017 / 9:15 am

      I hadn’t thought about a selfie, but it do a pretty good one, huh? lol

  14. Marty the Manx 05/02/2017 / 6:48 pm

    We have garter snakes here too, not king snakes. Thanks for sharing, I found the link really interesting!

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/03/2017 / 9:16 am

      I haven’t seen a garter snake since I was a child. We used to pick them up and play with them. I thought the information from the link was very informative and like you I also thought it was interesting.

  15. chardixon47 05/02/2017 / 3:34 pm

    We live near a creek and I’m always fretful about poisonous snakes finding their way into the yard. Poor little Bella had her shots today and she is not feeling well. I’m keeping a watch on her. Love your posts, Sis. Hugs for you and nose kisses for Chancy Man and Pooh ā¤

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/02/2017 / 4:06 pm

      I don’t like the poisonous snakes hanging out in my yard. Now that I have seen this snake I will be keeping a closer eye on the yard. I sure don’t want Chancy coming in contact with a copperhead or other poisonous snake. Oh, so sorry sweet little Bella is not feeling well after the shots. Prayers that she feels better very soon. I am happy you enjoy my posts sweet Sis. Thank you for the hugs and nose kisses we love and appreciate them. Hugs and nose kisses for all there from all of us. ā¤

  16. chardixon47 05/02/2017 / 3:00 pm

    WOW! I have never seen a snake like this. I’m used to seeing garter or gopher snakes, tho. Rattlesnakes lived in the foothills around me, but I never saw one come down into the valley where I lived. I do not like snakes, but I’m thankful for the job they do to keep check of the mice and rat population. Thank you for sharing, Sis šŸ™‚

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/02/2017 / 3:19 pm

      I don’t know why but this is the first snake I have seen in my yard in several years. I was glad to see this one, they are helpful and not harmful. We used to see lots of copperheads in the yard…now those I do not like hanging around. I haven’t seen one though for a long time now. I just as soon the poisonous snakes not hang out in my yard. The helpful non-poisonous are welcome as long as they don’t let Chancy see them. I don’t want him catching snakes. You are welcome, thank you for commenting Sis. ā¤

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