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Posted by Jeri on June 5, 2005, 1:34 am
I was taking my dog out before bed this evening and on our way back inside spotted a medium sized snake on our porch. It was brownish with a reddish pattern on its back. It didn't seem aggressive at all (it just kind of froze when it saw me). My husband said he had seen a snake (possibly sleeping) between the hillside and our brick wall yesterday. I assume this is the same snake. We also usually have a bit of a problem with mice in our basement, and have been pleasantly surprised to have had that problem clear up in the last year. We live in southern WV. I was just curious about what kind of snake this may be, if I should be concerned, and if it may have helped us out with our mouse problem... Thanks for your help!
The Appalachian Naturalist