He WAS trying to curl under my dog's cool and comfy bed.. made of old sleeping bags. Well, Miley wasn't about to share her bed..or the garage! So I picked him up (with the broom and the calf stick , yah..I told you we belong in the circus)..and we were on our way out the back door to safer grounds. Mike grabbed the camera and got this blurred picture!
(My camera's battery is broke..I'm waiting on a new one)
Miley, our Queensland Heeler's only job around here is to obey and protect! and BOY!.. does she do her job well! ( awwhh...she's soo smart) The only time we will hear a bark from her is when she letting us know there is a strange intruder about and then when keeping said intruder at bay, "MOM..I've got my eyes on them." She barks at the coyotes every night.
That's how I knew..Mr friendly was back!!! and in the garage! We were eating breakfast this morning, when she sent out her alarm bark. When I stepped into the garage, I was greeted by a familiar hissing! When threatened.... Bullsnakes hiss very loudly and they vibrate their tail! YES, just like a rattlesnake. They have earned their name because of the snorting sound that kind of resembles the noise a bull makes!
Having lived in the sagebrush of Nevada for many years now (and we have a lot of rattlesnakes) .... I do run across these snakes every once in awhile trying to come in to get cool or sunning themselves on the warm concrete. I killed a large rattler on my porch a couple of years ago but I would rather not kill the bull snakes as they are excellent mousers ..... I have even heard of some people keeping them around their barns and under their porches as they will keep the rodent population down. But in my garage.... ..it's a little bit too close for comfort for me! Though, I am hoping Mr. Friendly did a litle bit of mouse cleaning ..or so house cleaning so to speak...while he was a guest here.
These snakes are not poisonous, like the deadly Rattlesnake but when cornered and frightened they will bite.
They are constrictors who kill by coiling around their prey and they eat their victims whole. They eat small animals and are sometimes called gopher snakes. They can grow to 8 feet but average 5 feet and are one of the largest species of snakes found in the U.S. (Do you think my little Pug better watch out?)
Bullsnakes and Rattlesnakes cannot breed with one another and create a hybrid. Rattlesnakes give live birth and Bullsnakes lay 3 to 24 eggs. The females lay them in sandy soil or beneath large rocks or logs..like some of the big rocks I have around here. Uhmmm..I saw Miley eating some egg shells the other day??!!!
So this time, Mr. Friendly got the full escort ..out the front and down to those big rocks..HISSING all the way. He was plenty mad at me....maybe this time he'll stay away! Do you think? Mike thinks not.
How do you tell a Bullsnake from a Rattlesnake, you ask?
Bullsnakes have a long, lithe body and a pointed tail.
Rattesnakes have a chunky body and a blunt tail with a rattle on the end.
Bullsnakes have a head and neck that are the same width.
Ratthesnakes have a wide head and a narrow neck.
Bullsnakes have round pupils..Rattlesnakes have vertical slits.
Don't forget Rattlesnakes are poisonous and the venom will kill you..Bullsnakes are not, but both hiss and vibrate their tails. If you hear the hiss of a snake the best thing to do is to slowly back off. The first best thing is to stay away from a rattlesnake!!!! Make sure you know what you are dealing with. There are serious steps you must do if you are bitten by a rattlesnake..but the second best thing is don't panic or run! You will need an antivenom quickly, and when applied in time, it reduces the death rate to less than 4%. So seek medical attention immediately.
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