Crikey, Mate! Don’t. Move. Do you hear that rattle sound? I know what you’re thinking, “Dude, we don’t have rattlesnakes up at camp.” You are correct, but did you know…OH, LOOK! There it is – the elusive Bullsnake. Have no fear, friends, that rattle sound is just a defense mechanism. Bullsnakes are known to mock rattlesnakes to intimidate potential predators. Let’s cautiously approach this beauty and learn all about camp’s NEW RESIDENT SNAKE!
But Did You Know…
|Camp’s New Critter!|
- Bullsnakes are nonvenomous.
- Bullsnakes are the second largest species of snake in Minnesota. They typically max out at around 6 feet long, but have been recorded to reach over 8 feet long!
- In Minnesota, bullsnakes are most commonly found along the shores of the Minnesota, Mississippi, and St. Croix rivers.
- Bullsnakes feed on small rodents, grounds birds, and the occasional egg. Our little critter will be on a diet of exclusive mice! Tasty, eh?
- Bullsnakes are a reptile with the status of special concern in Minnesota. The primary threat to this species is habitat loss.
- Bullsnakes are known for their “aggressive” personalities. If they feel threatened they will coil up and beat their tail on the ground rapidly- mimicking a rattlesnake. However, once used to handling, they make great pets! They may seem aggressive but deep down they just want to be loved.
- Bullsnakes are also known to “pretend” strike. They will strike as they will bite you, but they just headbutt you with the top of their head. For more info on bullsnakes, the MN DNR is a great source!
This bullsnake completes our educational lineup of six different species of snakes. We are very excited about the newest addition to the Camp Family! My nephew thinks his name should be Curious George, comment your thoughts below! If you have any cool pets at home we would love to hear about them, email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.