|Bairds Rat Snake
Juvenile. A neighbor called a couple of years ago and said there was a snake in her pottery kiln room and it was trying to swallow a mouse. This sounded very interesting of course and upon my arrival at the pottery kiln, the snake was still attempting to eat its mouse. The snake had constricted the mouse but was unable to proceed with swallowing past a certain point. After several more minutes the hungry juvenile bairdi finally had had enough and gave up. Although this setup did not occur strictly in the wild it does possibly indicate that wild snakes will over estimate their gastronomic abilities on occasion. Photo gracious provided by Lebeth Lammers.