Snakes in TreesJune 27, 2013

I try to do Tai Chi everyday. As I was practicing it the other day in a park, I noticed some disturbance in the leaves of the tree next to me. When I was done practicing, I looked up and saw a huge black snake in the branches of the tree. It was about four or five feet long and seemed quite comfortable moving amongst the branches. This was the first time I had seen such a large snake in a tree so I took a few photos below. I believe it is a black rat snake. What do you suppose it was doing in the tree? Was it looking for birds to catch or maybe bird eggs or maybe bugs crawling on the tree. It was big enough that I think it was waiting for birds to prey on.

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