Thursday, August 5, 2010



We also saw a lot of snakes, including a copperhead -- which slithered away as soon as we saw it -- and the one above, one snake devouring another. Not sure what kind of snakes they are -- if anyone knows, I'd love to find out! Luckily I am not afraid of snakes. I actually think they're kind of fascinating.

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  1. Hi there. You've got some really wonderful photos! The larger black snake is a King Snake (Lampropeltis getula sp.) and the smaller snake being eaten appears to be a species of Rat Snake (Pantherophis sp. or Elaphe sp.) but I am not from your area so I am not sure about the exact species of Rat Snake (there are many, many variations).

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  2. Hey, thanks! I am always intending to get better at my snake ID, as I think they are such fascinating creatures. I will definitely check out the kinds of rat snakes that might be found in southern Illinois.

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  3. The top one is a black kingsnake and the bottom one is a prairie kingsnake. Both eat other snakes

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  4. I feel sorry for the bottom snake, especially as I like snakes, and king snakes are one of my favs... But I guess that's nature. Kind of fascinating, really....

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