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Last week, I was pulling straight some rubber matting that had folded over by the wind. A really good sized ribbon garter snake was camped out soaking up the heat between the black rubber. No doubt it was checking out the mouse tunnels under the rubber. Always glad to the see the snakes. ;)

I once had a baby garter crawl up the back side of a hive that had high weeds against the box. It had gone in the notch of the inner cover (I hate those notches) and was resting on top of the inner cover to which the bees had propolised shut with a ring of propolis around the hole.
 

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we have rattlers and copper heads,but i have introduced king snakes here around the property,they must like it here because i have seen the kings mating in the flower beds around the house,i had the state bee inspector here last week and he said he lifted a hive cover a couple years ago and got bitten by a pigmy rattler that was in the top,so be careful
 
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