Friday, May 11, 2012

Corralitas Drive: Watch Your Step

Photo: Esteban Gonzalez, May 4, 2012.  Gonzalez was taking a walk and caught sight of this tiny, foot-long Gopher Snake, perfectly camouflaged among the leaf litter.  (Click on on photo to enlarge.)

Gopher Snakes are not poisonous.  They eat gophers, rats, mice, birds and their eggs.  It seems every May we get a lot of gopher snake sightings. It may be they are disturbed by brush clearance and are looking for cover, or it's just a time of year they are more active.  We've even seen the Red Tail Hawks bringing small snakes to feed the babies in the nest this past week.

Learn more about Gopher Snakes: California Herps