: The snake is either a Black Rat Snake or
: a Northern Black Racer (more likely the
: Black Rat Snake). Both are nonvenomous
: and completely harmless snakes and they
: are not capable of hurting a cat or
: small child or constricting them. Your
: cat will, however, kill the snake if it
: gets the opportunity.
: I don't think the snake is necessarily
: looking to lay eggs and chances are the
: snake and others have always been
: around. I go out looking for snakes and
: find them in my neighborhood all of the
: time, yet most of my neighbors who
: aren't looking for snakes don't even
: know that they are there. Snakes keep a
: low profile most of the time and its
: only when one finds a patio a nice
: place to sun that we realize we are
: sharing our outdoor space with snakes.
: I don't know about the poison spray.
: Probably depends on what kind of
: posion, how much, and how much contact
: the snake had. Probably the snake will
: be fine.
: Hope these answers help.
: --Previous Message--
: Hi, My family lives in Western
: Pennsylvania (20 miles south of the
: Pittsburgh)and 2 days ago I saw a large
: (4-5 ft.) black snake sunning itself on
: our driveway in the front of the house.
: As soon as I went to check, the snake
: left and climbed into the trees /
: bushes. Today, after hosing down my
: back patio, I return to find the snake
: on our back patio lounging on top of a
: tall fan I keep out during the summer.
: The snake stayed for approx. an hour or
: so and then explored my son's baseball
: bat and glove. My concern is that
: earlier in the morning, before the
: snake happened to make its way to our
: backyard patio, my hubby sprayed the
: perimeter of the patio for a spider
: problem we are having. Three
: questions, the snake is dark
: black....any worries?, secondly, am
: concerned the poison spray will hurt
: the snake. Third, is the snake looking
: to lay eggs and will I now have alot of
: snakes around my home? I have young
: children who play out back. Any
: options please? I would never cause
: harm to the snake but am somewhat
: fearful of it if it is in the
: "constrictor" family as my
: cat is an outdoor cat and then as I
: mentioned, my kids are out in the yard
: too. Thank you so much - I appreciate
: any feedback.
The Appalachian Naturalist