A tour of Bucks County, Pennsylvania

A visitor found on my basement floor

I found this little critter slithering along early in the spring on my basement floor. It’s a harmless Garden/Garter snake. They are venomous but can’t deliver a serious amount of venom. Anyway, I’m quicker than a snake so I grabbed him and took him out to the yard.

Part of living in Suburbia in Bucks County is the ‘oneness with nature’. I’m on 2 1/2 acres so I see a lot of wildlife: Deer, Groundhogs, Possums, Raccoons, Fox, Hawks, Vultures, Turkey and yes, Snakes. 


Snake on the floor
Snake on the floor

Garter snakes were long thought to be nonvenomous, but discoveries in the early 2000s revealed that they in fact produce a neurotoxic venom.[8] Despite this, garter snakes cannot seriously injure or kill humans with the small amounts of comparatively mild venom they produce, and they also lack an effective means of delivering it .


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