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Re: Racer Snake
Posted by Alex, forum owner on June 30, 2011, 2:34 pm, in reply to "Racer Snake
Well, first off, snakes can't hear, so they won't hear you singing. However, the ordinary noise of going about your daily business will normally scare them off, as they sense vibrations in the ground VERY well, and go out of their way to avoid large creatures - likely explains why you have seen only skins. Rat Snakes, being much slower, are more likely to be seen, but in both species, they will retreat as fast as possible unless cornered.
There are books on snakes in general, and Peterson's Guide has a wonderful guide on Reptiles and Amphibians, but I can think of no good book about Racers, or any good lengthy article. Maybe I will write a blog article, and post the link on here.
: OKay I know what it is. I have the
: perfect property for housing it.
: Everything it likes is on my property.
: I am obviously not going to discourage
: it living here. Where can I study
: about racer snakes...more than a
: paragraph...and learn to be tolerant of
: them. If I make a lot of noise when I
: go in the yard...music, singing and
: such will that let them know I am about
: and they will flee from me?
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