Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wild Wednesday, Eastern Milksnake Babies

I was out in the yard gardening the other day when this little beauty slithered by. We've identified Milk Snakes in the yard before, but what alarmed me about this one was that it coiled and started shaking its tail. I wondered if it was a baby rattle snake, with an underdeveloped rattle. We caught it and brought it to the Howell Nature Center to have them identify it once and for all. It was in fact a Milk Snake, which are also known to shake their tails when threatened. They are born from eggs which hatch in the fall. We've found quite a few babies, so, someone must have laid a clutch of eggs.

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