|Forest sharp-tailed snake showing its ladder-striped underside, sharp-spined tail, orangish lateral stripe, blunt nose and overall small size.|
Snake video follows.
California Jean was the person randomly selected to win the batch of 2013 shelled walnuts. Jean and her boyfriend once helped me capture a rattlesnake admiring art at the corner of the Dipper Ranch barn. The event included a small amount of fear, squealing, tacky clothes (on my part and that's why you'll never seen that video) and triumph. Whew, that's a good friend.
Here is the video of two snakes that suddenly showed up on a hot 2013 summer day behind the Dipper Ranch farmhouse after I watered some overhanging plants. As soon as the water dripped out of the pots onto the concrete pad, the snakes appeared out of nowhere. Just a reminder that snakes are living their lives in suitable habitat - cracks in the ground, gopher holes, downed logs, rock crevices, etc. - maybe right under our feet, even if we don't see them.