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#11546558 - 04/16/16 01:58 PM A pretty visitor
Smithaven Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/23/10
Posts: 1864
Loc: Hurst, Texas
I had a pretty visitor in the water meter box. It really hated being moved and struck at me. Can anyone tell me what it is?

I moved it out of my way without harming it. It doesn't look like any of the poisonous varieties I know about.

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#11546610 - 04/16/16 02:36 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
Stickchunker Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/21/08
Posts: 751
Loc: Lake Conroe
King Snake. Good snake to have around, they eat other snakes, and a mouse or 2.

#11546614 - 04/16/16 02:38 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
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Capt. CUDA

Registered: 07/01/04
Posts: 6509
Loc: Fulton, Texas
pine snake, also referrred to as a southern king snake

#11546617 - 04/16/16 02:40 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
PlanoTom Offline
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Registered: 08/06/12
Posts: 558
Speckled King Snake

Definitely not venomous but eats "bad" snakes. Awesome snakes to have around the house.

#11546627 - 04/16/16 02:45 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
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#11546637 - 04/16/16 02:53 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
Luke57 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 1550
Loc: Aledo Tx
Cool lookin
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#11547305 - 04/16/16 09:11 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
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Registered: 01/03/04
Posts: 3623
Loc: Nacogdoches Tx. USA
Keep him around. Speckled king snake, you won't have any poisonous snakes around with him around!
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#11547317 - 04/16/16 09:17 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
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Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 2018
Loc: Magnolia, TX
I once noticed a commotion in the weeds and leaf littler of some debris behind my garage. When I checked what it was, I was witness to a fair sized king snake aggressively pursuing (and eliminating) what I believe to have been a smaller copperhead. It was a treat to get to watch an event we so rarely get to witness.

#11547802 - 04/17/16 08:22 AM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
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Registered: 06/28/09
Posts: 198
Loc: Springtown, TX
king snake Friend not foe!
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#11550240 - 04/18/16 12:03 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: PlanoTom]
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Lt. Dan

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Loc: Central Texas
Originally Posted By: PlanoTom
Speckled King Snake

Definitely not venomous but eats "bad" snakes. Awesome snakes to have around the house.

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#11550611 - 04/18/16 02:44 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
ElectricSixes Offline

Registered: 08/10/11
Posts: 193
Loc: Texas
King Snake. As has been mentioned previously, they eat venomous snakes like copperheads.

There's a cool Facebook group where people share photos of snakes and experts will identify.

#11550715 - 04/18/16 03:47 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 2956
Loc: Arlington
Pretty rare for a king snake to strike. Usually you can just pick them up to move them and they don't mind. One dnake that is good to have around.

#11557409 - 04/21/16 03:30 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
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#11559529 - 04/22/16 03:21 PM Re: A pretty visitor [Re: Smithaven]
JesseX Offline
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Registered: 06/10/02
Posts: 3723
Loc: Republic of Texas
Good for you moving a harmless snake to be on his way to do good things! Many of the pinheads on the board would have killed it while screaming like a little pre-teen girl. Although it may have struck at you, this is only because the snake was startled. Once picked up, they calm down very fast and are completely harmless.

King Snakes defiantly do damage to other harmful/varmint critters. When they no longer find prey (eliminate the mice & rats in most cases) they move on.

+1 for you Smithhaven


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