Very nice. If we make it to Laramie Daze, Anna would be happy to try and hunt it down and classify it for you. And then try to feed it and talk your ear off about it!
These snakes are way too dangerous for that. They have daggerlike teeth which they use for grasping, and they thump their tails on the ground in a way that quickly summons hundreds of reinforcements that enables to succumb even very large pray such as horses and even backhoes in a mass of snake bodies.
Sounds like Anna would be loving that!
Remember the culvert crawl?
I do, though that picture must have been taken well after the event ended. During the actual crawl there were at least twice as many snakes as that; fortunately for us they were very well behaved.
That picture made me physically recoil from my computer screen. ick, ick, ick
And made Anna snatch my phone and go "Awesome! I wonder how loud the rattling would be from all those rattlesnakes!"
Swampfox, she is not daunted by your description...inspired, rather. Water snakes are a bit of her specialty, despite their tendencies to be aggressive little critters.
Sigh. Hard to believe she comes from a family of snake-avoiders. A sight like that would cause Jon to throw up his map and compass and collapse into babbling idiocy. At least that's what he claimed while Orienteering in Australia!
You do need to be careful in the Laramie Range, though maybe around Labor Day it's safe enough: the snow snakes are presumably in hibernation.