Why Did The Snake Cross The Road?

Rat Snake

Rat Snake

I don’t know the answer to that question and I really wish that it hadn’t. This poor creature appears to have been side-swiped by a passing car as it tried to cross the road, managed to slither to the verge and then died. It’s a great pity because these snakes are handy to have around. It’s a rat snake, which is a fairly common variety around North Carolina, and is a constrictor. It mainly hunts and feeds on rodents, small birds and birds eggs and, from what I’ve been told, it also keeps the poisonous snake population down as well. We found this one the morning after a heavy rain storm so I can only assume it was out foraging and fell foul of traffic as it attempted to cross the road in the dark of the night. Here’s a picture of a healthy, live one.

A B\black rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta)...

A B\black rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta). The keeled scales, white chin and lighter ventral scales are keys to identifying it. Notice the opaque (blue) eyes which mean the snake is in “molt” and will shed its skin in a week or so. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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3 thoughts on “Why Did The Snake Cross The Road?

    • Not many that weren’t in a zoo. I did see an adder once and a couple of grass snakes but nothing more exciting than that. Can’t say about Ireland, it’s a strange place and the people even stranger!! Actually, some of my best friends are Irish so I’d have to say they (the people) are pretty cool.

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