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Young Milk Snakes Soon To Hibernate

10-17-18 milk snake young _U1A0781The eggs that Milk Snakes laid last June or July hatched recently and the six-inch young snakes as well as the adults that produced them will only be evident (and then, mostly at night) for the next few weeks.  Hibernation is around the corner, and these snakes often seek out the cellars of old houses with stone foundations in which to spend the winter.  Should you come upon a Milk Snake, please spare its life. They are not poisonous, and you couldn’t ask for a more efficient mouse catcher (Mice accounted for 74 percent of a study of Milk Snakes’ stomach contents.).

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7 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    They are such a pretty snake…I’ve seen a few, over the years on walks. We’ve had tiny Eastern Ring neck snakes in our basement and I’ve seen several outside….I rescued a very large, (several feet), smelly, black snake in a neighbor’s garage, he called me…I wore his fireman’s gloves, put the snake in a large bucket and released it near here.

    October 17, 2018 at 8:36 am

  2. Amy Quinn

    I love snakes and I wish more people understood their role in our environment. Milk snakes are pretty, you just have to be aware of what is happening around you so you don’t startle yourself. lol

    October 17, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    • Alice Pratt

      I think that when you are (educated and) informed you appreciate everything that nature offers….it’s usually very balanced.

      October 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

  3. Peter Denis

    I wish that my basement was older because we have lots of mice. It is prestressed cement from the 1990s, but does the range of these guys extend north of the Vt border?

    October 17, 2018 at 4:15 pm

  4. John Mullane

    Great photo, Mary! Fall colors make a great background for your beautiful find.


    October 17, 2018 at 4:49 pm

  5. Libby Hillhouse

    Indeed…when we moved into our old farmhouse, we saw a 6 foot long Milk Snake in the yard…and a few years later I lifted a tarp coverning some manure and found a young milk snake curled up with a garter snake, sleeping. Quite special. Also my dog found some milk snake eggs in another uncovered compost pile.

    October 17, 2018 at 8:22 pm

  6. Sharon sparlin

    Two things- the eggs don’t hatch for up to five months? (June to October). That seems really long. What’s up with that?
    Also, I lost myself in the leaf textures and colors. Love the photo. So grateful for your sharings.

    October 18, 2018 at 7:25 am

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