08-22-2016, 05:34 PM
We have had a lot more snakes this year, or at least a wider variety competing around the house. I am willing to bet there's a corresponding boom in critters we don't really see (mice, etc.), but there has also been a MASSIVE boom here in lizards... including some that look a bit different than the usual skittering, push-up doing, orange wattle flaunting Florida types we get all over the place. I do know that one of the corn snakes has figured out how to nudge between the hardie plank around the house (3-4 planks up) and strike out at the huge frogs in the area (experts will say that adult corn snakes don't eat frogs/lizards, but I've seen it happen if the lizard/frog is big and readily available). I'm sure that corner of the house is also where those mice I don't see during the day hang out at night. The corn snakes that won out are gray-mulch-colored, to match the debris and mulch around the area. They look like warped little boa constrictors lol
The black racer population is out of control, even with the corn snakes around. Mom surprised one by opening the garage door as it was sneaking along the divot between the door and the driveway. It slithered away super fast and all the lizards in the area stared after it. I hope we didn't embarrass it too much by blowing its cover.
But anyway, yes Suz, I'm not so far from you and we have a snake boom, a dip in the dragonfly population, and almost none of the little green treefrogs that pop out after a good rain this year.