Friday, May 13, 2011

Corralitas Drive: Slow Down, Snake Crossing!

Photo: Esteban Gonzalez, May 11, 2011.  Gonzalez was driving onto Corralitas from Rosebud around 11:30 AM and stopped his car, grabbed his cell phone and shot a series of photos of the  2 1/2 to 3' long Gopher Snake crossing the road.  (Click on photo to enlarge - you can even see the snake's tongue.)

Photo: Esteban Gonzalez, May 11, 2011.  The recent brush clearance on the slope across from the freeway has been attracting predators with an ample supply of rats and gophers.  (Click on photo to enlarge.) 

Photo: Esteban Gonzalez, May 11, 2011.  Gopher Snakes have excellent camouflage for the dry slopes.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Hopefully, the camouflage will help it escape the hawks nesting 100' away at Rosebud and Allesandro.  This is the same part of the street where, just last Sunday, I watched both hawks sitting 25' apart on the telephone wires, intently staring the freshly cleared slope for some tasty prey.