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Posted by lenrely on March 31, 2003 at 13:57:28:
In Reply to: Report From CT posted by Chuck A on March 23, 2003 at 09:33:55:
>>Does anyone else notice that the first snakes out for the year are generally on the large side? I guess that their large body size holds heat better than the smaller snakes.<<
The same is true of snakes that stick around in the fall. The reason is that they eat rodents, which are a source of heat and emerge before cold-blooded prey. If you will look at snakes dominant in the northern states there is a trend toward largeness, whereas sub-tropical snakes tend to be fast and skinny.