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Looking for Love
May 28, 2009, 10:25 am
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Black Snakes and similar species – Ignore

Although not the black snack mentioned this rat snake is commonly killed as being poisonous when it is not. It is now in a defensive posture, but will go about its business if left alone.

Although not the black snack mentioned this rat snake is commonly killed as being poisonous when it is not. It is now in a defensive posture, but will go about its business if left alone.

During the Spring a young man’s fancy is suppose to turn to love. Well, we aren’t the only ones impacted in such  manner.

When mowing the yard a few days ago I noticed a dead limb had fallen from one of my cedar trees. Like the typical southern cedar, this limb had no bark and  was a smooth leafless stick about 7-feet  long.

On my next pass around my four-acre yard, there was not one limb, but two. The other limb was moving. It  a black snake about 7- feet long and 2 1/2-inches in diameter. This was the largest black snake that I had ever seen. We also have an indigo snake, an endangered species that is even larger, but this was a  huge black snake.

Only the day before I had encountered two black snakes mating, so it was apparently the time of year for them to get that done and make more black snakes.

One cannot tell too much about the mental state of snakes, but this big snake was moving with speed and apparent purpose towards the stick. I can only surmise that it was looking for love, and he thought he had found it in that this limb was almost the same size.

When he reached the stick he laid his head on top of it and used his tongue to test the scents.  If a snake can ever be said to sigh in disappointment, I believe this one did. Apparently grievously disappointed, it reversed back onto itself and slowly returned  to the woods to continue its search for a like-size  partner.

He was looking for love, and this time he was disappointed. My hope is that he will succeed, and I wish the same for all of us.

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