Now that it’s warmer, the herps on the hill are becoming more visible. We were so glad to see the appearance a young eastern coachwhip after spotting a freshly shed skin last night.

We used to have a bevy of coachwhips and hognose snakes in a complex of burrows under the front porch. However, we did not see any last spring or summer, which coincided with the appearance of two large fire ant mounds within a few feet of the burrow openings. We don’t know if those two are related, but Amdro took care of the fire ants last fall and now a snake reappears.

9 thoughts on “Happy herp day!

      1. Oh not me!! We only have a few native species in the UK and they’re not easy to find. I’ll be looking out for a particular grass snake at Wisley gardens once the weather gets warmer 🙂

    1. Good one! No Medusa here, except in nightmares.
      Although red imported fire ants have been in the US since the 1920s, are new to the mountain and we would hate for them to disrupt any of our native species.

      1. They’re bad news. They can swarm and kill animals many times their size. Their tunneling can undermine roadways and for some reason, they love to follow wiring and often cause lots of expensive damage taking up shop inside electrical equipment and then shorting it all out.

        There are fire ant quarantines imposed in most of the southern US. One cannot move hay or nursery products from quarantined areas to non-quarantined places. They are very good at hitching rides in root balls and hay bales.

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