Saturday, May 16, 2009
Grey Ratsnake Strikes Again! ... Well, ...Not Really
I was planning on a later post involving some arboraerial photography and tree surgery, but as Sara N. Dippity would have it ... I found something.
(Snake photos by Junior)
Look at that bulge.
Is she pregnant or did she just eat?
I've posted pics of this grey ratsnake in the past showing her eating my chicken eggs and also pics of her with countable egg lumps after she enjoyed an egg meal.
None of my birds are laying now, so there's no source of large eggs to eat. Laya's boat nest failed long ago (the eggs rolled under a paddle in the boat and she couldn't get to them).
I'm hoping it might be a squirrel in there as the little tree rats are high on the suspect list of missing blueberries in my blueberry patch. They are just beginning to turn blue this week, the berries, not the squirrels, but if I can help some of THEM turn blue I will.
I imagine it's a meal, just as I imagine (in an educated sorta way) that due to her size she is a she.
If they are her own eggs, then I really have a reason to smile, because you just can't have too many ratsnakes around the place.
Yes, she's wild. No, she made no attempt to bite me ...
... and yes, I released her under the pump house where she was heading, when our paths crossed as I prepared to do tree surgery.
More on that tree surgery stuff tomorrow ... if I survive.