Bullsnake (TWO PICS of a Bullsnake)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cgmccary, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    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.

    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.
  2. BluegrassSeramas

    BluegrassSeramas Serama Savvy

    Aug 25, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    Beautiful snake!! Thanks for sharing!
  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    [​IMG] oh how I would love to see that beauty in my yard! She is stunning!
  4. HippieChickens

    HippieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2009
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2010
  5. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    Beautiful snake and pics! Im so glad to see a post for snakes in this section. Thanks for posting it.
  6. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    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!
  7. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    We have these in our yard and we [​IMG] 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?!)
  8. jadeflower999

    jadeflower999 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Vancouver, Washington
    My Granny kept a bullsnake in her basement to keep the rodents down. I personally love bullsnakes, nice pics [​IMG]
  9. Sitka

    Sitka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2009
    Seattle, Washington
    Great pics, thanks. Any clue why they are called Bullsnakes?
  10. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Carlsbad, NM
    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. [​IMG]

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