Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Corralitas Public Staircase: Gopher Snakes*

Corralitas Public Staircase, 2nd landing, May 26, 2010, 10:45 AM.

A neighbor sent an email this morning with this photo of a beautiful, 3'-long, gopher snake. The neighbor also said there was a second snake, about the same size, in the grass adjacent to the staircase, just below this snake. It is unusual to have snake sightings this late in the day. The mild weather must be contributing to their activity.

Gopher snakes are generally harmless and should be left alone to help control the gopher, rat and mouse populations. We've had a few snake sightings on Corralitas in the past few weeks.

There are recent reports of rattlesnake sightings in Elysian Park, see: The Eastsider LA.

Keep sending us your neighborhood wildlife encounter photos:
*UPDATE June 1, 2010: another neighbor saw a 2 1/2 - 3' gopher snake near the same part of the Corralitas Public Staircase, around noon today.