Snakes

on 28 April 2009

We saw our first major snake today after we heard a lady scream
nearby. It was about 4 ft long and all black. We thought it was either
a rat snake or a king snake. Can someone look up those 2 and see if
either match the description. Thanks!

42 comments:

Miss Coffey said...

Black Rat Snake: "a non-venomous colubrid species found in North America. It prefers heavily wooded areas and they are known for having excellent climbing ability, including the ability to climb the trunk of large mature trees without the aid of branches. Adults can become quite large and are known to reach up to eight (8) feet. When startled, they may freeze and wrinkle themselves into a series of kinks. If they feel further threatened, they may flee quickly or vibrate their tails in dead leaves (a form of mimicry, to make it sound like a rattlesnake)."

The Kingsnake, on the other hand, is described to have the color pattern consisting of a glossy black, blue-black, or dark brown ground color overlaid with a series of 23-52 white chain-like rings,so if there weren't rings on this snake, then it might have been a black rat snake!

Anonymous said...

I like snake. Do you like snake?

Anonymous said...

I think it is a black rat snake. Daimon Groton Elem.

Anonymous said...

that is a big snake but it is a rat snake.

Anonymous said...

OMG yucK! I would of screamed if i saw that ....Pepper spray! lol
Marianne

Anonymous said...

deaar mister deaVoe don't follow the snake its a black racer. it"s a black racer its not veanumis its very fast!it has big fanges but its harmles.



austin i love snakes!!!!!!!!!!=) $$

jfilzen said...

Chad,
It was great talking to you last night. I was glad to hear that you were in good spirits. Your adventures brings back memories of hitch hiking to Colorado and I'm jealous! I look forward to the day when I can join you on the trail.

Peace,
John

Anonymous said...

Hello from Mrs. Week's class. We're in library using the library databases and the Internet to try to find the answer to your question. We think it is a black ratsnake or a just a black racer. We don't think it is a King Snake because they live in the desert of Arizona.

Sheldon Thompson 8th grader said...

i have done some research on this snake and it seems to be a black rat snake. please be cautios around this snake in particular. some are believed to be non-venomous but recent studys show some are deadly.

Anonymous said...

I hope you don't run into more snakes or anything else scarey. Well, unless you don't think they are scarey!

JV & TE

Anonymous said...

have you seen a bunny yes or no?

DH & KMS

Anonymous said...

were the mountains huge? did you see rabbits have you seen lots of deer?

jfilzen said...

Mr. DeVoe,
Our 9th period class agrees with the above people who believe the snake to be a rat snake. We discovered that there are two main venomous snakes to be aware of on the trail. These are the Copperhead and the Eastern Diamondback. Hopefully you will only see these from a distance!

9th Period Social Studies

Anonymous said...

hi this is bailey and leigha,have u seen any other snakes? have you seen any deer? how close do you think you are to Virginia?

Anonymous said...

Wow, weren't you scared of the snake? I would of been. Tell us when you see a bear!

Anonymous said...

Hey!! what's up?!?!?! It's Nikiah.
That was totally a black rat snake!!! were you scared of the snake? I am terrified of snakes!!! The food is on its way. We are going to send you the food tomorrow!! Have fun on the Appalation Trail, Dude!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi MR.Devo I think it is a black raser snake or a rat snake.

Anonymous said...

yo mr. devoe! its a black rat snake. you can tell because it's jet black and long.

from: Charles Whitsell

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Devoe,

This is Mrs. Gamel's class. We are trying to find out which kind of snake you saw. We think it could be a pilot snake or a black rat snake. The pilot snake though has a white chin. Did you see the chin or the bottom of the snake?

Anonymous said...

hi MR. DoVoe,the snake pretty big How did you find out how long the snake was? do you know what kind of snake it was?

Alyssa

Anonymous said...

Hi Mr.DoVoe that snake was big wen did you see it wthat cind of snake was it.

Anonymous said...

hey its Phyllis Rose from Mr.D enrichment the snake that you saw is proubally a rat snake I looked it up and they acually have a wedged shaped head every rat snake has a white chin but I really dont know that I gust looked it up ttyl

Anonymous said...

I think it was a black rat snake. The biggest black rat snake is 15ft 24 1/2in. Thats HUGE. They can also be vary deadly. We sent food out to you guys.


Tyler Murray

Anonymous said...

YO it's Nikiah. I did research on the snake. It is TOTALLY a black rat snake. hope you dont get swine flew. have fun.

Anonymous said...

This is jake howell dont get swine flu besieds that would be a black rat snake ok. Hope you get yur food ao i got to go stay heathy yo peace

Anonymous said...

Yooooooooo its Emily from mr.d's class did you know what kind of snake that is?? Its a black king snake!! SCARY!!!!!!!! bye

Anonymous said...

It could be a mole king snake it lives in the soatheast appalachians. it is black & semi grey and Sence that pic was in the shade I think that it may have only LOOKED black when it relly wasen't .

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr.DeVoe. How is the trail? When you saw the snake was it scary? I would of screamed. When I went fishing a snake went over my foot and I screamed. We sent you some more food. How is the dog doing? How are you doing? It the trail fun? Have you seen any more animals? What is your favorite animal you have seen os far? Have fun and Bye. Tess

Anonymous said...

Hey! Did you know that kingsnakes eat chiks!!!! I mean little baby chiks, oh and how are you doing on the trail so far?

Anonymous said...

Heyyyy, its Kailea with todays snakes facts!A king snake feeds on lizards,turtle eggs, frogs,and birds:c..A king snakes zoo diet is chicks and rats FREAKY!G2G ttyl dude and GOOOOOOOOD LUCK!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey mr Devoe.
you snake is not the king snake the king snake is black and white and can grow to be to 5-6 ft. in length.

your snake is the rat snake the rat snake is just plain black can grow to4-5 ft long.



hang in their Mr devoe food is on its way


Mike G.
P.S
HAVE FUN

Anonymous said...

Yo Mr. Devoe, This is Colton from Mr. D's enrichment. I think the snake you guys saw was a Black rat snake. I did some research and it looeked like it. See ya later!

Anonymous said...

it is a black rat snake, it really is harmless mostly, but if provoked, they actually can be deadly. Snakes are actually all harmless unless they feel threatened, it is best to just stay away from any snake that you are not sure what type it is. Good idea asking.
~Crissy

Anonymous said...

WOW THATS REALLY COOL

Mr. DeVoe said...

Thanks everyone for the information! It's helpful since I don't have much battery power to spend surfing around online. I appreciate all of the comments!

Anonymous said...

that snake most of ben huge






daniel coit

Anonymous said...

Wow what a snake!Were you scared at all?.What did you do?How did Lucy react to the snake? from,Bob

Mr. DeVoe said...

Lucy didn't like the snake. She jumped back a few feet after she realized it was alive.

Anonymous said...

Wow,I can't believe how big that snake is. It's huge. If I were there,I would be so scared I would scream. Safe traveling.

Anonymous said...

hi what other snake did you see on the trail? how long it was and what color was ot and can you put a picture of it on your web site? is it just you and skoob and lucy? and if i was there i would scream and i cant believe how big that snake was.

Anonymous said...

Sweet snake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Devoe,i hate snakes i wouldbescared and run

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