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Bullsnake (TWO PICS of a Bullsnake)

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Many of you may recognize this snake, the Bullsnake. Bullsnakes are NOT poisonous. It is an indigenous, solely American snake found in the north all the way to Alberta, Canada throughout the Midwest as far East as Illinois and a couple of pockets in Indiana, western Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma through TX South to Mexico & West to Montana, eastern Wyoming, Colorado & through eastern New Mexico. Other American snakes in the same genus are the Pine & Gopher Snakes (many species & subspecies). Pine Snakes in the Eastern & Southeastern U.S. and Gopher Snakes in the West & S.W.

A lot of farmers leave this snake alone for good reason. The Bullsnake's primary and favorite prey are rodents: mice, rats, squirrels & gophers. One five foot specimen once was found to contain 36 mice. It is especially adept at following rats and mice & hunting/ catching them in their burrows. For good reason, the Bullsnake has been called the farmer's friend.

BULLSNAKE:
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The Bullsnake will hiss and puff up expanding its body. A special glottis in its mouth helps it to hiss very loudly. It will rattle its tail and act threatening if cornered. This is the Bullsnake's defense mechanism from being eaten by top predators. This one devours large rats & mice. They are one of the largest North American Snakes normally reaching 6 feet in length with the record being 8 feet 4 inches.
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Beautiful snake!! Thanks for sharing!

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Seramas in Smooth or Frizzled and SOLID WHITES. Original home of the Frizzled Serama! We now have blue laced from Jerry!    Thanks for looking!  ~Jessi
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love oh how I would love to see that beauty in my yard! She is stunning!

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Edited by HippieChickens - 3/25/10 at 12:00am
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Beautiful snake and pics! Im so glad to see a post for snakes in this section. Thanks for posting it.

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Could you please ask her to move into my shed? I was rearrainging stuff in there and was swarmed by mice. I want two of her!
What a beauty!

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We have these in our yard and we love them!
On the 4th of July, we were out there with guests watching, hm, fireworks, no!  A hissing bullsnake and a mama barn owl teaching a young barn owl to fly.  Nobody paid any attention to the fireworks.  (Okay, they were only three inches tall, but so what?!)

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My Granny kept a bullsnake in her basement to keep the rodents down. I personally love bullsnakes, nice pics smile

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I live with 2 hens, 2 bunnies, 2 cockatiels, 1 cat, 1 taranutala, 1 fish, and a very understanding boyfriend who is allergic to them all:)
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Great pics, thanks. Any clue why they are called Bullsnakes?

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Very nice pics. I too leave them alone. Just wanted to add they will also rub their scales against each other and while doing this they hiss and it sounds like a rattlesnake. So don't kill it thinking its a rattler before realizing it's a bullsnake. wink

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Proud mom of 2 boston terriers, 2 elderly cats, a few silkies, 8 EE's, 2 nigerion dwarf goats,  1 beautiful 8 year old little girl, a beautiful 3 year old little boy, and anything else that comes our way. Married to a wonderful DH that helps and puts up with it all!

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