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Snakes in a tree

Snakes in Washington, who's surprised?

WASHINGTON - They're not on a plane, but snakes in a tree could still be scary -- especially when they're spotted in D.C.

DCist says an email in an Adams Morgan Yahoo Group by a D.C. police sergeant discusses snakes falling out of trees at Walter Pierce Park in Northwest.

The posting was reported by the website PoPville . ..

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PoPville notes that the National Zoo says black rat snakes tend to be shy and will avoid confrontation if possible. They are not venomous, kill their prey by constriction and often will climb trees.

In Congress, of course, they're known as "rat-b------ snakes," but they still kill their prey by constriction.