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Category Archives: Reptiles

Watch Your Step!

Bucket of seed in hand, I approached our two empty seed feeders, right by the suet feeder that I had filled not five minutes earlier. I looked down and my thoughts were, “Ah! Poor little bird. I was just here. Did you just drop dead off of the feeder?”

Out loud, I heard myself say, “Oh! Wait! There’s a snake attached to you.”

CJ heard me, rushed over and excitedly announced, “That’s a new one”.

I let CJ have the pleasure of completing the night’s feed.




Snake action from the gardens! Last night, the ‘Evening Feed’ for the birds was much more interesting than usual. Four rattlesnakes in one small area… …one being a new individual! No name, yet… …but, I love the eyebrows… This is ‘Sazusa’… …in one of her favorite spots. Cheech was just inches away. Cartman had just eaten an adolescent quail and was curled under the salvia, in one of his favorite spots. You could just catch a glimpse. We’ve had a lot of other snake species, too. On Saturday, I got these shots of a Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer). It was cruising through the grass… and seemed to following a scent… Continue Reading

Wrestling Rattlesnakes

We were sitting outside, in the green rockers, discussing and enjoying each others company.About six feet away, these two rose through the foliage, two Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox). They’ve been hanging close together for the last two weeks. Continue Reading

Cheech’ll Eat Ya’

Cheech, the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) was on the move, in that familiar, “I killed a bird and it is right around here” mode. This drama has been played in front of us numerous times, but it always amazes. It only took fifteen minutes to finish the Mourning Dove. Note how the snake braces against it’s own body to allow resistive force for completing swallowing the bird. As soon as consuming this bird was finished, the snake moved right over to another preferred hunting spot, and resumed ‘stealth mode’ under a salvia greggii. There are, consistently, four individual snakes that have been here for over a month. Three ‘old… Continue Reading

Graceful reintroduction of mankind into his environment