Pacific Coast Gardening forum: California herps (snakes, lizards, etc.)

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Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA (Zone 10b)
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KathleenC
Jul 31, 2011 11:39 AM CST
This is a great resource (besides Mike) for identifying odd things slithering in one's garden. We had a new one yesterday and I found it here easily - they have great photos. Always like to ID them, so there are no worries about what we're sharing our property with. My DH is from England, where they don't have many snakes, so he always calls me when he sees one!

http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/snakespics.html

This time it was a Red Racer...very pretty and he lived up to his speedy name.
Kathleen
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jul 31, 2011 12:13 PM CST
That's a cool site...thanks. I do hope that all of those guys don't show up at my place, though....eewww.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA (Zone 10b)
Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America Region: California Hummingbirder Orchids
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KathleenC
Jul 31, 2011 12:20 PM CST
ALL of them? I should hope not! I don't mind a few, but I do worry about the nesting birds and frogs, etc.
Kathleen
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Jul 31, 2011 1:41 PM CST
I have one (or more of the same) that's shows up here periodically and never looks exactly like any pics I see, though it must be just a change in age or lighting, or whatever. When I first started seeing him / her, I thought Rosy Boa just because of the coloring, but it's not one of those, so must be one of the little red snakes....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA (Zone 10b)
Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America Region: California Hummingbirder Orchids
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KathleenC
Jul 31, 2011 6:06 PM CST
Well, I wrote to the author of the web site about this one, as I haven't been able to find it. Very pretty - but he was menacing some nesting wrens, which is how I found him, as the darned birds would not shut up. He was completely hidden in a large Ceanothus bush, wound in an around.
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Kathleen
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Name: Suzanne
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
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Calif_Sue
Jul 31, 2011 8:31 PM CST

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That page gave me the hee bee gee bees! Too many snakes all in one place! Blinking
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Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA (Zone 10b)
Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America Region: California Hummingbirder Orchids
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KathleenC
Jul 31, 2011 10:43 PM CST
The rattlesnakes bother me, the rest not so much. Some of them are pretty weird looking, though.
Found out the one above is a Striped Racer (we have lots of racers around here, apparently).
Kathleen
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