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Posted by Pierson on April 19, 2002 at 07:17:59:
In Reply to: need help with wild black racer posted by samm dickens on April 19, 2002 at 00:16:56:
A black racer would not likely be able to eat a puppy/kitten. They are too small and lack the killing power to eat mammals that size. What you are probably seeing is a Black Rat Snake. The giveaway is that a black racer would not sit still behind a parked car with people nearby, but a ratsnake would. Your best bet is to move him to a more suitable area. If you don't have experience with snakes, I'd suggest placing a pillow case or garbage bag in a 5 gallon bucket or small trash can so the rim of the bucket holds the mouth of the bag open. Use a golf club or rake to gently lift the snake off the ground and drop him in the bag. It may take a few tries with a ratsnake. You won't be able to do this with a racer (you'll just have to grab him). After he is bagged, tie a secure not and simply drive him to the new release point. Don't worry about taking a bite from either of these species. It hurts and can be startling, but it's very minor considering. Hope this helps.