Friday, July 3, 2020

Snakes and Me


Some of you got worried when I described my encounters with not one, but two, juvenile rattlesnakes that had somehow made their way into my house. 

I don't blame you, I was worried too and still have not been able to figure out how they got in. 

Other than that, I have a good relationship with snakes. I know their habits here. Because they don't tolerate heat, you have to watch for them mostly in April and May and then in the fall as the summer heat subsides. 

I'm not outside, walking around at night, so I don't have to worry about them then during their active time.

Even so, sometimes snakes like to snooze in the sun or rest in a shady spot, so all summer long, I scan the ground that I plan to walk, it's a habit now and I don't even think about it. And I always check the dog yard in the evenings and early mornings as I let the dogs out.



While I would love to be a really good photographer, I have a good eye, but not the patience. To me, this is one of my best nature photographs. Even if you don't like snakes, I hope you can see it's beauty. It is a Northern Pacific rattlesnake, common in this area.

Unless you step on them, rattlesnakes are really good at taking care of themselves, saving their venom for their dinners, and taking care of you as well, but using their rattles to warn you off. If you heed their warnings, nothing bad will happen to you. 

Below, are a couple of pictures of me handling Rachael's constrictor snakes, the first is a Ball python. 

The second is a Gopher snake. At the time of my visit, in the winter, it was the most alert of her snakes




Rachael's snakes are some of the animals she rescued from the Donkey rescue under dire circumstances. But that's another story and not a fun one, so I will leave it at that. Good thing is that Rachael will care for these snakes for as long as they live.












17 comments:

  1. We have snakes visiting our hometown house but i always get scared . I am still scared of snakes .

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  2. You're right - what a beautiful photo of the snake. I enjoyed reading of your experience and how you protect yourself by being aware of your surroudings especially in the summer. I am use to having snakes around. When we lived in Alta Loma we were the last house at the time in the foothills and then it was wild and nature-y all around us. The day we moved in there was a dead deer in our driveway that had tried it appeared to clear a gate it was jumping over, and a rattlesnake in the house. We use to really have to watch out for the kids when they played in the back yard. My youngest then had snakes as pets so he would bring them to me to hold. Anyway - love the photos and seeing you holding the snakes - you're a real nature girl in my book!

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  3. It is so good to see YOU! I love your hair. I did not know that snakes don't like heat. I thought they have to warm up before they can get around. The rattler pic is good, you even captured his rattler up in the air, so I bet he was rattling it!

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  4. I am SO thankful there are no snakes down here. Even behind a well secured glass case in an Australian park, they were scary. You are so brave to hold them.

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  5. AaaiiiiEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

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  6. You are brave! I would probably have moved to another location, although my options are far more limited than yours as I don't live in a huge country.
    Anyway, the pictures of you with the snakes are outstanding!

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  7. I like snakes but have limited expect with them very few other than the occasional garter snake around here, nice little guys. In the northwest part of the snake we used to camp in the hills near the Adirondack trail, in a state park, where rangers did presentations about the local rattlesnakes, just to explain what to do in a, rare, encountered. The rattle did get my attention..

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    1. Experience, not expect. It changed after I hit it, dangit.

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  8. Like most animals, if you leave them alone they won't bother you.
    My son David had a boa years ago so I got used to snakes then.

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  9. Snakes are not my favorite creature especially if they are poisonous. You are a brave woman to be handeling those snakes. You probably know a lot about snakes and can appreciate them.

    Wishing you a Happy 4th of July.
    Hugs, Julia

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  10. SNAAAAAAAAAAKES! I am terrified of them. Your bravery is very impressive. I hope you find out how the two got in your house. You don't want one to wind up sleeping in your bed.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I had a harmless snake sleeping in my bed. Brought in cold by my cats and then, as it warmed up, it began to slither around. Not a favorite moment of mine, for sure.

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  11. That was a long time ago when I lived in New Jersey.

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  12. We had a lot of rattlers in Florida and your are right, they are gentlemen and let you know you are getting too close. I did worry about them with my dogs for they take the rattle as a challenge.

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    1. With one exception, my dogs have always been very cautious. The one who got bitten, Bandit, got it bad inside his cheek. Had he vaccine, but still was very ill. No doubt would have died without it.

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  13. Hi Inger - they're not creatures I'm happy with ... we had one of the ball pythons left on the Promenade a couple of weeks ago ... thankfully it was rescued. Wonderful you can handle them happily! Lovely memories ... and photos - Hilary

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  14. I almost never see snakes around here. Mostly garter snakes if I do see one! There was an episode of a show called The Zoo where they took over 150 snakes from a house in New York!

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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