Friday, July 17, 2009

Snakes Alive at SunSpots NC Voiceover Studios

I just saw news yesterday of pythons being an invasive species in Florida. Here's the story from USA today:
We had a small invasion of snakes here at SunSpots Productions Asheville...well in the driveway at least. As I was driving back from doing some errands away from the studio I drove up our driveway and found this elongated beastie catching some sun.

Black Snake at SunSpots Productions Asheville

From online sources I think it's a black rat snake. Possibly a female since I saw a baby the night before while I was walking in some grass around the same area. I had my camera in the car with me and was shooting from the window. Here's a closeup (from far away):
black snake closeup

Here's one once it moved across the driveway:
Black Snake on leaves

I'll have to get my camera ready for this weekend to catch some more wild beasties! Last night, right after sunset, there were 2 juvenile deer trying to get the apples from the apple tree about 20 yards from Bryan's studio window. They were standing on their hind legs and would jump and hop and sort of fall over when they missed. The tree this year is bursting with apples so I bet we'll have lots of woodland creatures visiting throughout the fall. So far this summer we've seen turkeys, deer, a black bear and snakes. Oh! PLUS, I've seen many honey bees on the flowers. After a good 8 years of decline they seem to have returned strong this year. That's a very good thing. Hey, here's something interesting...Bryan just told me that honey bees are not native to North America. He's a flippin' nature geenyus!

Voiceovers and there anything better?

Seen any creepy crawly, slithering, jumping, hopping, barking, mewing visitors at your place?


1 comment:

  1. You are correct, Tom. That is a black rat snake - "Elaphe obsoleta". No way of telling from the photo whether this snake is male or female, as U.S. snakes don't carry external gender traits. However, it is unlikely that the baby belonged to this particular rat snake because rat snakes lay eggs in secluded places, then leave them to hatch on their own with no parental care. I'm sure there are tons of wonderful bird eggs and small rodents for this slithery opportunist to eat in your wildlife sanctuary. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

    Anne Clamp
    Head Educational Presenter
    Edisto Island Serpentarium
    Edisto Island, SC