Friday, February 17, 2012

Bull Snake

bull snakeThe bull snake is the largest snake found in Minnesota and one of the largest in North America. An average adult is approximately five to six feet long with some reaching over eight feet. They are found in the central portion of North America from southern Canada down to northern Mexico.
bull snakeBull snakes are not venomous. They kill their prey, typically mice, rats, ground squirrels, rabbits, lizards or ground dwelling birds, by constriction. When confronted by a larger predator they will usually make themselves look larger and imitate a rattle snake by quickly beating their tail against the ground making a sound similar to a rattlesnake. As with all snakes the bull snake uses its tongue to collect chemicals from their surroundings which helps them identify their environment.

11 comments:

trav4adventures said...

Great pics! Looks almost like a diamondback rattlesnake, but the head isn't triangular and he doesn't have rattles. Still, if I saw one of these, I'd have a heart attack!

Jane said...

Great captures!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, great pic of the snake. I leave all snakes alone now.

Snap said...

Cool! I think snakes are beautiful. Happy Critter Day!

LadyFi said...

Huge but gorgeous!

Annie @ButteryBooks said...

Great photos. Bull snakes are very common where I live. Their coloring is very similiar to a rattlesnake, so I don't take may chances!

Mama Zen said...

Great shots!

Pat said...

Cool snake!

Jidhu Jose said...

WOw...its danger ....keep distance :)
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Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Excellent photographs.

Regards and best wishes

Costin Comba said...

In contrast to rattlesnakes, which usually keep their tail elevated in order to sound the most efficient rattle, bullsnakes tend to keep their tail in contact with the ground, in order to beat it against something to make a sound.
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