Putnam County Timber Rattler Gets Taken For Lunch
Chris Sagar got photographic evidence of why so many hunters enjoy seeing black snakes.
Brad Gill | November 18, 2020
Chris Sagar, of Johns Creek, came across something in the Putnam County woods on Nov. 9 that he felt was of interest to our readers. Those of you who despise a rattlesnake, keep reading.
“I was filling a feeder and putting out some Throw & Gro seed mix,” said Chris. “As I was driving out the trail, I saw a round black thing in the trail that was not there 20 minutes earlier when I drove in. As I got closer to it, I could not make out what it was. When I pulled even with it, I put my head out the window to get a close look. WOW was I surprised. A black snake was having a small timber rattler for lunch. I watched for a short time, then left the black snake to enjoy his lunch.”
Chris admitted he’s not “a snake guy,” and simply was glad to see a “black snake” taking care of a venomous snake where he enjoys his outdoor recreation. On first blush, he thought maybe it was a black rat snake, but it turns out the snake was most likely a black racer.
WRD State Herpetologist Daniel Sollenberger said, “I don’t see any keels on the black one, and that along with the complete absence of any trace of a pattern, and the round body shape, says this is a racer instead of a rat snake. That makes more sense, too, since racers commonly eat other snakes, whereas it’s not so typical of rat snakes.”
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