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nikeman 06-30-2012 03:30 PM

What is this?
 
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I found these orange dots on a piece of wood the other day. I stepped on one and it was like a tiny orange paint ball. Anyone ever see this before?



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While we are at it, what kind of snake is this?


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joecaption 06-30-2012 03:38 PM

The balls look like spider eggs.
If you Google snake ID there's lots of site where you can put in your location and the color of the snake and lots of picture will come up.

ratherbefishin' 07-01-2012 12:25 AM

:laughing::laughing::laughing: spider eggs......yeah, good one there, joe.

That's a "slime mold".

The snake is a garter. Very good to have around.

chrisn 07-01-2012 05:51 AM

I sure would hate to come across the spider that laid those "eggs", wow:eek::laughing::laughing::whistling2:

del schisler 07-01-2012 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by chrisn (Post 955255)
I sure would hate to come across the spider that laid those "eggs", wow:eek::laughing::laughing::whistling2:

The egg's are inside the orange ball. They aren't laid.

nikeman 07-01-2012 01:00 PM

I looked up slime mold and I found pictures almost identical to my picture.

Blondesense 07-01-2012 01:07 PM

The snake is a ribbon snake, cousin to the garter snake. If you go to Google Image you can find lots of pics to compare.
Harmless.

http://stevetabone.wordpress.com/201...-ribbon-snake/

nikeman 07-01-2012 01:49 PM

Glad I left it alone. I figured it was harmless since the only real dangerous snake we have around here is the cotton mouth.

ratherbefishin' 07-04-2012 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Blondesense (Post 955536)
The snake is a ribbon snake, cousin to the garter snake. If you go to Google Image you can find lots of pics to compare.
Harmless.

http://stevetabone.wordpress.com/201...-ribbon-snake/


Yup, I was too lazy to look up the exact species.:laughing: I tend to lump all the ribbons and garters together since they're close relatives. That eastern ribbon looks almost identical to the western garters I grew up with.

ratherbefishin' 07-04-2012 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by nikeman (Post 955563)
Glad I left it alone. I figured it was harmless since the only real dangerous snake we have around here is the cotton mouth.

If you have cottonmouths, it's likely you also have a few copperheads around. You may never see one but it might be a good idea to study some pictures just in case.

nikeman 07-04-2012 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by ratherbefishin'

If you have cottonmouths, it's likely you also have a few copperheads around. You may never see one but it might be a good idea to study some pictures just in case.

Copperhead is what I meant to say, not cottonmouth.


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