He could be Mrs. Snake. Last night I captured this photo of him wanting a drink from a rainwater collection barrel after his/her juvenile just finished drinking,not shown. The juvenile was mostly in the hole balled up to keep from falling in and by the time I got a camera he was gone and the adult pictured had his turn. We have had rat snakes for years and although they look dangerous we encourage them to keep a lookout for mice here in the country near Lockhart. Our only problems have been when our yard bandy hen of 7 years,grown from a chick and who sleeps in the garage each night is startled when the snake sneaks into the garage and checks for her eggs occasionally. The hen is tame and having grown up with the snake gets along with the snake very well however. Everyone who lives in the country knows to look where you walk and if you step on one of these snakes you will be sad. Like most animals in the wild if you leave them alone they won't bother you.
Our best mouser
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