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NFC: Re: Garter Snakes

I've lived in Texas for over five years now and have been keeping an eye out
for snakes that would be new to me (I'm a Michigan native).  Trust me...I've
looked in all the right places...but they're just hard to find.  Aside from
a few Rattlers there hasn't been much action except once.  There was a snake
crossing a trail, in the middle of the afternoon, about two feet long that
looked like either a coral snake or milk snake.  Suddenly the "Red next to
yellow, your a dead fellow" got confused with "Red next to black, your a
dead jack!"  It was two feet long, longer than I thought coral snakes could
get so I cought it.  This snake was GEORGOUS!  Most amazing color I've ever
seen.  I was so hopeful it was a milk snake...one, so I could get away with
keeping it in the house, and two, I had about a two mile walk ahead of me
otherwise holding the most venomous snake in North America.

Long story short...it ended up being a coral snake...even though the wife in
her terror was actually awestruck by the beauty of such a "beast," it was a
big no-go for keeping it.  Turns out they're almost impossible to keep alive
anyway.  They only eat skinks and a few salamanders I guess.  If you've ever
tried to catch a skink you realize how likely it was that this baby would
end up starving to death anyway :)


> I know this is off topic , but as some of you may know I keep Garter
> Snakes in addittion to fishes. Well spring is coming to the deep south
> now and to the rest of you soon. So if you happen to be in the field and
> come across some colorfull garters Id appreciate it if youd snag em for
> me. I am particuarly looking for some texas and western species but am
> alwayts on the lookout for a pretty snake.
> So I will trade/buy whatever , Contact me off list with more info.
> Just to keep it slightly on list Garters do eat fish :)
> Robert Rice NFC  President
> Save those Fishes,  Join the Native Fish Conservancy
> http://www.nativefish.org

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