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Snake in my orchid greenhouse

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    Red face Snake in my orchid greenhouse

    I was watering and fertilizing this afternoon and had a scary surprise. I was about half-way finished with the upper plants (orchids hanging above the benches - above head height) on the first side of the greenhouse. I was trucking along pretty quickly and humming to myself since I was the only one in the greenhouse; basically having a great time tending to my orchids when all of the sudden a SNAKE falls out of the pot I am watering just above my face!! Seriously, about two feet in front of my face this snake jumps out of one orchid pot and lands in some seedling paphs on the bench below right next to me.

    I have always been jumpy around snakes, so I just about died! I jumpped back and knocked over who-knows how many plants on the bench behind me trying to get away from this tiny snake. Holly Cow it freaked me out but good. hahaha... I ran out of the greenhouse leaving the waterhose going and caught my breath. Then just laughed at myself. So, I go back inside and start looking for this snake in between the seedling paphs if fell within. I find it and it scares me again because it was somehow curled up under a four inch pot and I could not see it until I lifted that same pot!! again!! So, that poor paph sanderianum got flung across the space!! Anyway, to make a long story shorter - got a deep container and using a stake from the potting bench, was able to get the snake into it.

    Please tell me this guy is not poisonous. He was released about 800 yards away from the greenhouse. I have no idea what type of snake it is, but figure it is a baby one because it is only about 9 - 14 inches long and not very big around. I tried to get good photos of his head because I was told that a triangular shaped head means poisonous. Not really sure here on this one. I am hoping it is some kind of mouse snake. Freaked me out whatever it is. I just hope it can be identified and it is not deadly because I expect there are more in the greenhouse since it appears to be a baby sized snake.

    Anyone know what kind of snake it is and if it is poisonous?
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    Still shaking!!
    BD

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    I'ts a ratsnake Bruce, not at all poisonous. Unfortunately I can't identify to the species level. I'll dig out some literature and get back to you. Great photos by the way!

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    I hate it when snakes fall out of the air right in front of you. Happened to Mr Hicks the other day when he was mowing.
    He did the YIKES TWO STEP !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dragonn View Post
    I'ts a ratsnake Bruce, not at all poisonous. Unfortunately I can't identify to the species level. I'll dig out some literature and get back to you. Great photos by the way!
    Thank you Steve! OMG. That is such a relief. I let it go because I thought it wasn't harmful. Just breathed a huge sigh of relief! Thank you.

    Cheers,
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    Cute little rat snake .

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    I, too, think it is a common rat snake...because it has a round eye. That is the other thing to look at, Bruce. Poisonous snakes have vertical slits, not round pupils, like this one has. (the coloration, however, does resemble that of a copper head.) Betty :-)

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    This brings back memories not far back when I myself encountered a snake in our garden. It does bring fear but good thing that you didnt harm it, I hope you can find its nest and move them to someplace where they wont scare you.

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    funny story, pls videotape next time! hahaha
    i just picture you in slow motion, how pots and plants are flying around the greenhouse..., im bad Bruce, lol.

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    Bruce I'm with Steve, 100% sure its a rat snake a beautiful one at that. Nothing to worry abt.

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    I'm pretty sure it's a juvenile Pantherophis obsoleta obsoleta Bruce. They can be a bit tricky to id as juveniles but, having the location narrowed it down.
    Herps of Arkansas: Texas Ratsnake (Pantherophis obsoletus)
    They have a variety of common names, Black ratsnake, American ratsnake and Eastern ratsnake to name a few.

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