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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Running In The Past

Living in a designated historic area I guess we should expect the unusual, so it was with mild surprise that we discovered that there was to be a run for charity with a route that would pass right by our front door. The race is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Gaston County with the purpose of raising finds for nonprofit organisations within the community. Continue reading