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May 25, 2020 3:57 PM CST
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Oh great!
I think I finally caught the last mouse in the house. But, now I think there's a chipmunk in here. I hear it chirp every now and then.

And, if that wasn't bad enough, I was headed up stairs from my office space in the basement to make dinner. SURPRISE ! ! ! There was a baby snake of some sort trying to cross the floor tile. (Wasn't getting much traction.) What really bothers me is that if there's one, there's more. Snakes don't have single offspring.

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PLEASE tell me is a black snake.

I wonder if it has something to do with plugging up the holes around the carport and AC slabs?

I'm really starting to get the heebie geebies in this house!
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May 25, 2020 4:08 PM CST
Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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Ring-necked snake , harmless , nocturnal .. have venom but not enough to hurt humans

https://www.google.com/search?...
A pint can't hold a quart , If it is holding a pint it is doing the best that it can.
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May 25, 2020 4:14 PM CST
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Thanks Kurt.
Any idea how many I can expect to encounter?

Any way to draw them out and trap them?

I assume it's ok to release it back in the woods since it had to come from there at some point.
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May 25, 2020 4:20 PM CST
Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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wiki say "Three to ten eggs are deposited in early summer and hatch in August or September"

mature from birth . they are left to fend for themselves , so 1 does not mean more in my opinion.
they could all go their separate ways after hatching.
A pint can't hold a quart , If it is holding a pint it is doing the best that it can.
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May 25, 2020 4:23 PM CST
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Ok, I just went through the link you provided. I wasn't aware that any snake species ever laid just one egg. Hopefully, this is the case with my uninvited guest. In the event that there are more, they may well feed on each other.

I'm going to take this one out the back edge of the property and let him go.
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May 25, 2020 4:28 PM CST
Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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I was just saying maybe they all didn't hatch IN the house , maybe this one wandered in on it's own.
A pint can't hold a quart , If it is holding a pint it is doing the best that it can.
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May 25, 2020 4:30 PM CST
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Well, I have been rebuilding the stone walls around the property and closing up possible points of entry around the concrete slabs for the car port, patios and AC unit.

Poor kid was probably just as surprised as I was! Well, I hope it like it's new home.
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May 25, 2020 5:07 PM CST
Name: Sally
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Oh I have handled them a few times and never been bit. Love these. Likely just took a wrong turn.
Plant it and they will come.
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May 25, 2020 7:11 PM CST
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I took it to the back of the woods and released it onto the rocks. It slithered away without a second thought. Hmmmm, I wonder if it smelled dinner?
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May 25, 2020 7:30 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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"The diet of the ring-necked snake consists primarily of smaller salamanders, earthworms, and slugs, but they also sometimes eat lizards, frogs, and some juvenile snakes of other species. The frequency at which prey species are chosen is dependent on their availability within the habitat."

Loving your leafy woodsy wormy sluggy yard..
Plant it and they will come.
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May 30, 2020 12:40 PM CST
Name: Sally
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Just came upon a nice 5 foot black snake in the back by my shed.

Every once in a while, the chickens will alert and I can't see why- but maybe this guy passed by.
Plant it and they will come.
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May 30, 2020 12:49 PM CST
Name: Terri
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I've seen those ring necked snakes in our creek several times. Pretty little as far as snakes go and harmless.

A snake has been hanging out in the garden by my side door for days. I'll try to get a photo and maybe kurt can id it for me. I know it isn't poisonous and is beneficial, just don't know the id.
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May 30, 2020 12:56 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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Of course it isn't there right now. It may come back to what seems like its favorit spot later today. It is grey with two yellowish stripes lengthwise down its body. About the thickness of a black snake but doesn't seem as long.
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May 30, 2020 3:12 PM CST
Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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Snakes of Virginia - good pics and VA map with their active counties, helps reduce some of the guess work.

https://www.virginiaherpetolog...
A pint can't hold a quart , If it is holding a pint it is doing the best that it can.
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May 30, 2020 5:30 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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Good info site kurt. I think the snake that has been hanging out is a garter snake.
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