Afternoon Visitor

We were sitting out back reading this afternoon, when Penny went over to the side yard where she tends to "do her business" and we noticed she got VERY still.

I guess it's the first time she saw a ~ 4-foot California Kingsnake.  She didn't attack it, but she was watching with a LOT of interest.  Good girl.

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17 thoughts on “Afternoon Visitor

  1. Oh my! That is one big snake. We had a baby rat snake sunning itself on the deck railing the other day. I can handle that. I don't think I'd ever go outside again if I saw one of those in my backyard.

  2. Umm..I'd have to move. Unless someone caught it (not me!) and re-homed it..yeah, I'd have to move far, far away. I saw a black snake at the zoo that wasn't in a cage (I asked Nathan if he heard it moving..he said all he heard was my screams) and every time we go back, I'm on the lookout. They eat your face, you know.

  3. If I saw this hanging out within 50 feet of me I'd be 8 feet up in the air and scrambling as fast as possible in the opposite direction. Snakes give me the willies. I like them just fine if they stay FAR away from me.

  4. Mark — I didn't know anything about Kingsnakes until after the encounter we came in to figure out what sort of snake it was. We didn't know that they can eat rattlesnakes, which is good, because several have been seen in our neighborhood.

  5. CL — From what I can tell, they don't really pose any threats to humans — though they can bite. They're actually fairly common as pets, apparently. As a bonus, they can eat rattlesnakes (they are immune to their venom), which is a good thing.

  6. Nice – what a cool creature.
    It's facinating that Penny knew not to go after it – I'm not exactly surprised by her instinct but considering how we've over-domesticated dogs and cats it still blows my mind.

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