Tuesday, April 21, 2009
On the same day that I encountered the babes of Gator Beach, I encountered this grey ratsnake on the dirt road through the woods.
When I first saw it at a distance, I thought I had a live snake to "mess" with and photograph. Accordingly, I jumped out of the JEEP with camera in hand only to find that this snake was dead.
Someone earlier than me had driven over him, I think accidentally, as the snake is only damaged near the rear end. He may have been scooting across the road and could not be avoided, or perhaps the driver was distracted and didn't see the sunning snake.
Whatever the case, one of my favorite snakes was dead, which is always a bummer to me, but he was being utilized by some very busy ants.
The video below shows that ant activity. Take a look at his eye, it's still clear, this snake had not been dead very long at all, but the ants were already working hard.
Possibly carrion beetles at work too since there is mounding around the snake and they tend to bury their finds.