Friday, October 16, 2009
poisonous snakes of upstate New York
When we moved into this house there was a snakeskin in the basement (the basement consisting of piled river rocks) and in April on a sunny day I came face to face with a HUGE spotted snake. I calmed down and got a rake and carried it to a distant woodsy area and never saw it around the house again (probably a milk snake). Going back a ways, when I was young and lived in western NY I played with snakes every day, mostly garter snakes. One big one bit me and I am SCARED now. As a person should be. They mind their business, you mind yours.
So, you figure you live up and endure the snow, there are NO poisonous snakes in upstate NY. But there ARE, 3 types, and supposedly even timber rattlers in my county. Mississauga rattlers in a couple of spots upstate (not nearby) and copper heads, also not near. OK, I am not an outdoorsy person, and I will continue to love it here and happily say we have snow, but (virtually) no snakes :)
Awesome resource here.
Posted by Gary's third pottery blog at 6:35 PM