I found this Eastern Kingsnake in the garden, since I did not want him hanging around I caught him into a postal bin. This Eastern Kingsnake was every bit of 5 foot long and aggressive. He stood up at me several times, he acted like a king and did not want to be bothered. Kingsnakes give off a smelly musk odor when captured and they also vibrate their tails to scare you.
As you can see the Eastern Kingsnake is a black snake with a banded pattern on its back and the bands are yellow to white color.
Kingsnakes use constriction to kill their prey. They will eat other snakes, including venomous snakes like rattlesnakes as well as lizards, rodents,frogs, birds and eggs.
I took this kingsnake about a half a mile away from the house, I sure hope he doesn’t come back!
Do you have a lot of snakes in your area? What kind of snakes have you seen this summer?
Check out my blog post from last year about all of the Copperhead snakes we have in our area.
Snakes are fascinating to me but their beauty can fool you. There are a lot of venomous snakes all across the United States. Here is South Carolina there are more than ever. In the mountains of South Carolina we have a lot of mountain rattlers and copperhead snakes. I hardly run across the rattlers but always run across copperheads. It’s seems they are everywhere on our mountain.
On sunny days they can be found near the road or on the road sun bathing just like black snakes do. Since our private road doesn’t have much traffic they can leisurely do their thing on the road.
We also have a lot of water on the mountain, springs, creeks which are where you can also find the copperhead snakes hanging out.
This copperhead is huge, looks like he is every bit of 5 foot long going on 6 foot. They eat rodents, mice, frogs and insects. Looking at this copperhead, it looks like he has been eating well. When I spotted this snake he was crossing the road, got out of the car to take pictures. He got to the edge of the road and was soon camouflaged.
Copperhead snakes are pisonous and should not be handled. A Copperhead snake bite needs immediate medical attention, is extremely painful, can cause you extensive scarring and you can potentially loose a limb. Don’t take any chances with copperhead snakes!