I am bummed that Hilary seems them often and people know about them where you live, Abby. My pair are western hognoses but eastern hognoses are native to this side of the states and practically no one has heard of them let alone seen one. I sometimes catch the sight of a garter or redbelly or black rat darting away but that's really it. Out in the more country part of PA you'll see the rattlers and copperheads but the cities are very sparse when it comes to herps. Not sure why you can only see the first picture but there will be plenty more when they arrive
I've gotten a couple requests to record their unboxing so you will see me completely giddy when they arrive as well.
Okay, so, off topic to your new slithery bundles o' joy, but since it was brought up--I'm wondering if you would know if what I *think* I've seen on my hikes and around the barns seems accurate or not.
(Do snake folks have a "life list" like birdwatcher people do?)
Anywhoo, I know I've seen a ton o' Copperheads (and yes that is what bit Ez, and he was treated with steroids and abs and fluids, not anti-venin), both adults and babies.
They are sooo muscular! Hard to mistake, once you've seen *and smelled* one. Cucumbers, anyone?
No idea if these terms are accurate or not, but Black King Snake. Rat Snake.
Garter Snakes, of course. Ringneck Snake (was bitten by that lil guy, but called a herp dude who I used to work with and he assured me snakeypoo was more hurt than my toes, and so I let the confused critter go again.) He was pretty, bright colors, which is what worried me a bit, at first, 'til I found out he was packin' no poison.
Water Moccasin. I know that one for (pretty) sure--he was swimmin' in the same water hole as some of us, at the time.
What was either a very well-fed and atypical-looking Copperhead, or maybe a Hognose, once, he/she was very dusty/dirty, probably getting ready for new duds even, and his head was sort of buried in the grass (I was mowing), so I couldn't check his eyes, but his head was definitely different than your run-of-the-mill snake.
I think that's about it, and considering how outdoorsy I live, I'm assuming many snakes are just very good at hiding/getting away, or I'd have seen more.
Does that sound like good guesses on what we have around here? I'm one state over from you, in WV.