Subject: Re: voles and bulbs

Jim McKenney
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:13:53 PDT
The rat snake here, Elaphe obsoleta (aka Pantherophis obsoletus), is the largest local snake. Examples five feet long are not uncommon, and I think I've read of an old record in Maine of an 8 foot example. These huge snakes are surprisingly docile: I've often approached wild ones and reached down and picked them up without being bitten. They are amazing climbers: I've seen them go right up the side of a brick building or an oak with rough bark. I think they sometimes hibernate (brumate) in our attic, and during the summer they sometimes wander into the house when I leave the doors open (which is often). You can see one of ours http://…
Jim McKenneyMontgomery County, Maryland, USA,  USDA zone 7, where at least six species of snake have visited the garden. 

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