Yellow Rat Snake
I was poking around in the back today, planting a pineapple top and looking for the cardinal nest, when I noticed a rat snake hanging out of a shrub. I was good, no screaming or yelling, just a rapid retreat. Technically he was in the conservation area that my yard backs up to, so I can't complain that he was in my yard. I bet he was the one who shed his skin in my big compost bin.
How long do they usually stay in one area? If I could convince myself that he was just checking things out, not getting ready to move into the new butterfly garden I should be able to go back out there this week. Also, are they biters? I know it isn't poisonous, but the chance of getting bitten is very scary.
I know, snake phobia and Florida don't mix, but this is where hubby works, and I want to keep him.