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Posted by wayne a. radford on October 29, 2001 at 19:42:35:
Try asking in the "What kind of snake is this?" forum at
"Wayne A. Radford" wrote:
> Dear Kingsnake, I sent the message below regarding a snake I saw in
> Kansas, then received return reply from the Kansan Wildlife & Parks
> that the snake could have been the Texas subspecies of the black rate
> snake. Their return message wasn't much help, so I searched the
> internet to find a picture of the snake and ended up zippo. I did
> find your web site, so I thought you might have an opinion on the
> accuracy of the return message I recieve or a suggestion regarding
> what kind of snake it was, additionally why it is present in Kansas.
> I would appreciate any answer and/or guidance to another site to
> explore this topic that you can offer. Thank you and have good day.
> Wayne A. Radford We have no such website. I'm told it could have been
> the Texas subspecies of the black rat snake.
>> Dear Mr. Shoup,
>> I was wondering if the State of Kansas has anything online that
>> would show pictures of snakes found in this region. I was traveling
>> from Blue Rapids back to Topeka and there right in the middle of the
>> road was a big snake. It was curled up in the middle of the right
>> lane of traffic ready to strike. It may have been afraid or stunned
>> by the traffic, because it wouldn't move even when cars ran over it
>> while the snake was between their tires. I turned around to check
>> it out again. I was going to get out of the car and try to coax it
>> into the woods, but I thought again. I don't know whether those
>> tales are true that a snake can strike at you the distance equal to
>> it's length, but if it could than seemed to be about 6' maybe more.
>> Numerous cars ran over it without it moving, rather it just kept
>> staying in what I know as a striking position. It was exciting - I
>> hadn't seen a snake in real life do this since my experience of a 6'
>> timber rattlesnake in Virginia that not only coiled, it also struck.
>> The best I can describe the snake is as follows: it appeared quite
>> long, at least 6' --- it seemed black in color, but maybe it could
>> have been a very dark blue --- we drove the car right along side of
>> it to get a real good look, we didn't wind down the windows for fear
>> it would jump into the car, my 4-year-old was trilled --- the head
>> of the snake appeared smaller than the circumstance of it's body,
>> kind of flat --- lastly the snake had what seemed to be red diamonds
>> all way down it's back. Can you help with naming the snake and
>> whether it is poisonous and/or dangerous. I tried looking up snakes
>> of Kansas pictures on the internet having some luck - the best I
>> could determine was it might be a rat snake - if it was I didn't
>> realize they got that big. Thanks and have a good day tomorrow.
>> Wayne A. Radford.