A camouflaged beast caused a sensation online when it was spotted lurking in the background of a young Alabama girl’s photo.
The serpent appears to be a gray rat snake and made its appearance during a back-to-school photo for a 7th grade girl from Opelika earlier this month.
“Well seventh grade here she comes. Appears a friend wanted to go with her. Lucky for Brooke he looked like his belly was already full. CRAZY,” the post shared by Shane Mills says.
The snake appears to have found a meal somewhere in the tree judging by the bulge in its body.
Gray rat snakes are not venomous, and feed on small mammals and birds. While this snake won’t attack humans unless bothered, it may make a meal out of chickens or their eggs.
Thanks to this, many people refer to these and other similar serpents as chicken snakes.
The snakes can easily reach six feet in length.
As can be seen in the picture, these snakes are able and willing climbers. They will hunt the ground and tree tops alike for rodents and birds.
For those who live in rural areas, these snakes can be a beneficial animal, helping to rid farms and homesteads of rodents and other pests. Other snakes, however, can pose more of a problem in populated areas.
Venomous cottonmouths and copperheads plague the southern United States. While not usually overly aggressive, they will bite if provoked. Though not deadly for most people, the bites are painful and can cause other complications.
In the west, rattlesnakes are a constant problem. Thanks to their rattle, most are easily avoided.
Deaths from snakebites are not common in the United States. Thanks to knowledgeable doctors and equipped hospitals, all but the most remote locations are equipped to handle a snakebite.
If you encounter a snake you are unfamiliar with, your best bet is to leave it alone. Most snakes will not pursue humans, and are usually content slithering on the ground looking for their next meal.
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