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May 25, 2010


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Joan - I couldn't imagine leaving! We felt lucky to have witnessed it. Thanks for visiting the blog.

joan knapp

Fantastic documentation! Glad you didn't have any pressing engagements and could stay for the entire event.
Glad I'm not the only one who stands around to capture a really interesting encounter

The Zen Birdfeeder

Warren - thanks so much for the information. I'm so glad we witnessed it and even more glad we documented and shared it!


During the mating season male snakes get hopped up on testosterone and will try to copulate with any immobile female's body, including a freshly-killed one on a road. Likewise, snakes that are eating are often oblivious to all else. So it probably happens fairly often, but is almost never witnessed. Good job!


okay we know this is a common scenario for humans (females thinking of food, while males have only one thing on their mind) ;-), but surprised that no one has yet answered you how common it is for herps!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Hello to those visiting from the FieldHerpForum and thanks for your comments on the forum:

The Zen Birdfeeder

Hi John - I was thinking about sending you the link. You've done a GREAT job of referring us to the perfect nature spots around Binghamton/Vestal/Johnson City! Thanks so much.


Wow, very cool, Nancy! Glad your trip out there provided some material for your excellent blog!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Billy - thanks much. So this behavior/encounter is unusual?

Bernard Brown


I am a herp-loving reader, and that's one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

Thanks for posting it,

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