[NAFEX] Snakes in raspberries

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Fri Jun 26 10:58:04 EDT 2009

This is only slightly on topic - and it's not very important, at that - 
but can anyone tell me what the garter snakes are doing climbing my 
black raspberry canes? I doubt if they're eating the raspberries. :-)

I've got LOTS of garter snakes in the yard, and I'm always glad to see 
them. But seeing a big (for a garter snake) snake three feet off the 
ground in the raspberry patch yesterday was kind of surprising. What was 
it doing? I thought they mostly ate earthworms, but the other day, 
someone here mentioned slugs, so maybe that's what it was looking for. I 
never see slugs when I'm picking raspberries (though I haven't been 
looking), but I don't know what else the snake could catch there.

Just wondering - though, I guess, not enough to spend time searching 
online. As I say, it's not very important, but does anyone know? I've 
seen snakes climbing bushes and vines often enough, but this is the 
first time I've seen one climb raspberries. I assume that they're 
hunting something, though maybe it's just safer than staying on the ground?

OK, time to go pick raspberries again, if the snakes - or, more likely, 
the birds - haven't gotten there first. :-)

Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

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