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Postby Mark McCallum » Fri, Oct 22 2010, 7:17AM

The other day I walked straight past this guy and then caught a glimpse of him from the corner of my eye. Nearly gave my neck whiplash.
This is a small to medium diamond python and they are fairly common around here. You can see how the yellow dots make a diamond pattern on his/her skin which is where they get their name from. It is springtime and after winter she has come around looking for food (rats and mice nests full of juicy babies.)
As you can tell from the photo they are so harmless even I feel comfortable around them. (well almost)
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Re: Workshop visitor

Postby DanEpps » Fri, Oct 22 2010, 10:59AM

Great photo! About how long is the snake?

I'm glad you recognize the importance of snakes and let them go about their business. I continously try to educate folks around here not to mindlessly kill on sight every snake they see. Even the venomous ones have a function to perform and won't bother you if you just let them be. I will catch venomous snakes and move them away from populated areas so they don't come into contact with snake-haters.

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Postby Jeremy Schiffer » Fri, Oct 22 2010, 12:57PM

Beautiful!
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Re: Workshop visitor

Postby Josh Rayburn » Fri, Oct 22 2010, 1:43PM

Wow!! I'd be running like hell, harmless or not!
Pretty cool photo though...did you name him...her....the snake??
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Re: Workshop visitor

Postby Mark McCallum » Fri, Oct 22 2010, 11:35PM

The snake was about 5' But i didn't pull out the tape measure and It didn't hang around long enough to establish a fist name relationship :) .
I find snakes really shy and they and they seem to quickly disappear as soon as they see you.

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Re: Workshop visitor

Postby Georgi Baltov » Tue, Oct 26 2010, 3:17PM

Ha. Easy for you Aussies to say. You eat your breakfast with crocodiles and your supper with snakes. Or the other way around.

I am terrified by snakes. Doesn't matter how many times I've watched Steve Irwin or how many articles I've read about them. I see one I run. I might even scream like a little girl while I am running. I think no other animal terrifies me more. I have no time to make sure if it's venomous or not.

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Re: Workshop visitor

Postby Neville Bastian » Tue, Oct 26 2010, 11:57PM

Don't why you guys are worried about snakes as you name your cars after them. Ford Cobra with a cobra jet motor, Dodge viper and Dodge copperhead( a concept car). Then again I guess they can bite if you too heavy with the gas.
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Re: Workshop visitor

Postby Dennis G. Blackburn » Wed, Oct 27 2010, 6:47AM

I don't like anything that "slithers", but I don't like to harm snakes. I carefully pick them up with a long arm garbage picker upper and take them over on my neighbors property to release. We mostly get pine snakes, black racers, rat snakes, grass snakes and once in a while a pigmy rattler. I DO NOT mess with the water moccasons. By the way - my neighbor has a realy big property so it's not like I am releaseing them where the kids play.

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Re: Workshop visitor

Postby Mark McCallum » Thu, Oct 28 2010, 6:50AM

We mostly get pine snakes, black racers, rat snakes, grass snakes and once in a while a pigmy rattler.

Yikes!!! And you wonder why no one wants to come over and visit :lol:

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Re: Workshop visitor

Postby Dennis G. Blackburn » Thu, Oct 28 2010, 2:21PM

Yeah - I've got lots of snakes but NO MICE ! :lol:


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