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  1. slysir

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    In my backyard this morning I spotted a Black Mamba!! One of the deadliest snakes in the world!! I was too traumatized to react, all I could think of was to document this near death experience.

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    Or, maybe not...:p:p:D:D:);)

    It must be black snake mating season because I'm seeing several every day interacting with each other. A few years ago I saw at least a dozen chasing each other down a wooden privacy fence in my back yard and into a tree. When it's time to get it on, they waste no time!!:cool:

    -John
     
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    Is that what the kids are calling it these days?? o_O
     
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    Metaldog Just chasing my tail... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Looks like a black rat snake to me.
    I kept one I found in a corn field when I was a kid. It was roughly 18" long when I found it. Had it for several years & it was almost 7 feet long when I got rid of it. Gave it to a buddy of mine because of having to move.
     
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    Oh yes...I've seen many that are that big. I found a shed in my sister's backyard that was bigger than me. I held it up so my sister could see (and freak). I'm 5'8" and holding it at least a foot over my head it still draped the ground.

    Reptiles have a tendency to get rather large down here!!:eek:

    -John
     
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    Wasp We are GO for Sting! Supporter

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    I was in boyscouts and we were getting one of our badges for something by walking long distance. We were walking next to a road and in single file. I was Looking ahead and next thing I know I had a snake wrapped around my leg what felt like to the waist. It WAS HUGE!

    I watched everyone pointing and laughing as I shrilled from across the highway and decided to look down. It turns out this giant serpent was only a pinky size grass snake that had wrapped around my ankle. :rolleyes:

    Thing is, I'm not even afraid of snakes, but when someone yells, "snake" and you feel it around youre leg, it might as well be a spitting anaconda.:4:


    "Black Mamba":rolleyes:
     
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    Turned one of those loose in my college Admin. building once. Just once was enough.
     
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    Once is never enough.

     
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    Somebody caught the snake and returned it to the fields around the college. The field was more known to produce rattle snakes and I was not willing to go look for any kind of a snake there. I caught this one on a road leading into the field.
     
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    Sort of gives the term "horizontal mambo" a whole new meaning...
     
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    @slysir , that's a black racer! Smooth scales and gun-metal black. Usually black rat snakes have kinks in their body because of their musculature (they are strong constrictors), and they have keeled scales and no ridge above the eye like the racer.

    Also, black racers have great eyesight, and what you are seeing in that picture is the snake 'periscoping' to get a good view of what's going on.

    I've handled a lot of snakes, and the black racer is by far the fastest and nastiest snake I've ever come across. A beautiful animal though!
     
  11. NevadaBlue

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    My muscovy ducks hated those critters. They would attempt to steal eggs and the ducks would attack!
     
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    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    That would seriously freak the $h!t out of me!!
     
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    If big snakes, big bugs and 15' lizards make you uncomfortable...stay out of Florida!! :D:eek::cool:

    -John
     
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    I saw this the other day on my running trail.
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    I couldn’t help but do a modified Russian kick dance past it
     
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    You’re a stinker. :)

    Nice snake.
     
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    well, black mambas are green. so ... :)
     
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    I'm with @Wyanokie looks like a black racer to me. Been chased by a few when I was in Virginia as a kid. They can be nasty as @Wyanokie has said.
    Black Rat snakes on the other hand are complete opposites - super mellow, nice and fun to handle.
     
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    beautiful snake. we have some nice blue racers near me. I actually know where there den is.
     
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    Tastes like chicken

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    I could think of was to document
    what no up close and personal selfie?
     
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    scottmm2012 1 Peter 1:20 Supporter Bushclass I

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    It sure is a pretty looking color.
     
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    Naw, I saw one that looked greenish on TV a couple weeks ago caught in Australia in some persons house but those in Africa are dark brown - it's the black color in their mouth that got them the name "black mamba".
     
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    Funny thing about green mambas-they are arboreal because they blend in with the vegetation. People in Africa sometimes get the black mambas in their house, on the floor. Worse yet, they get the green ones in the house, up in the rafters. That seems a lot scarier to me!
     
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    I've had on that size around my house for several years. Last week it was on my carport and while I was watching it, it went under my truck and raised up and went into either the frame or engine compartment. Left the hood open, couldn't find it. No sign since, but no bad smell either...all is good.
     

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