The. Snakes. Are. Back! I know this because last week Ange accidentally ran over a 3 foot long milk snake with the riding lawnmower. Although this periodically happens over the course of a summer, it never fails to make us feel bad. The snake was in some tall grass and Ange never saw it until it was too late.
He carried what was left of the snake and put it by the side of the road for the crows. The crows showed up almost immediately. They pecked hesitantly at the snake and then skittishly jumped up in the air, like they weren't really sure it was actually dead. They were obviously familiar with the nature of snakes.
The two photos shown were taken 24 hours apart...before and after the crows.
Milk snakes are common in our area. I see them quite often. They grow from 24-36 inches long in Wisconsin and live in forests, prairies, and old woodlots and pastures. They are also often found around farm buildings and older homes with stone foundations, as well as in vacant lots. They are harmless to humans. Adult milk snakes feed mostly on rodents but will also eat insects, small frogs, and other small snakes.
I'm on high snake alert now. If I'm by any bushy plants I'm pounding the dirt and making lots of noise!