: Oh yeah. That is a Gray Rat Snake, the
: same species of snake we have here
: (Black Rat Snake), only yours are gray
: with dark or black blotches (some say
: "diamonds") down the back.
: Rat snakes, though they will eat birds
: and eggs, are desired by farmers for
: their insatiable appetite for rats and
: mice, their main food.
: They have neither fangs nor venom, and
: are harmless to humans. They can
: usually be picked up in the field if
: you move slowly and deliberately,
: coiling the snake as soon as you have
: it in hand (this seems to calm them
: down). I have picked many a Rat Snake
: off the road and moved it, and nary a
: tooth mark.
: If one does nip you, the holes are
: tiny, and don't penetrate far; just a
: wash with water, and if available, some
: soap, and you are fine.
: Nice picture, by the way!
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: I was walking my dog at 9pm in Middle
: when I saw what I thought was a stick
: in the yard. My gut told me it was a
: snake, so I took the dog in the house
: and grabbed my camera. After taking
: the pics, it slithered up one of my 40
: ft tall pine trees. Can you help me
The Appalachian Naturalist