Backyard Wildlife

A few weeks ago we had some drama in the front yard involving a brave bunny and a scared (and scary) snake. The short version is that, as I was looking out the window, the cute bunny in the front yard hopped, almost running, across the yard and leapt onto a LONG snake (which I had not noticed was there).  In a flash, the bunny and the snake were rolling around, the snake was attempting to climb a post on the front porch, and then the snake slithered to safety inside an small evergreen tree out of the bunny’s reach. The bunny stalked that snake for two days- and then no more action.

Flash forward to yesterday. . .

Carol (who is staying with us) and I were getting ready for the day, when my husband informed me that there was a “little snake” in the back yard. I went out and was horrified to see a very large (probably 4 feet long) snake slithering around under the apple trees. It looked like the snake in the Snake and Bunny Saga.  I grabbed Carol’s camera with its fancy 400mm zoom lens and clicked away- from a safe distance.  When she joined us, I reluctantly gave her camera back and eventually got close enough to take photos with my 18-200mm zoom.

Carol identified our heretofore unknown snake as a Sonoran gopher snake- and, sadly, we found that he has a hole under the apple tree where he apparently- ummmm- LIVES!

To sum up, we have a big snake LIVING in our back yard. I thought the bunny had scared him away for good. So, besides birds and butterflies, we have lizards, toads, bunnies, and a snake.  And at least one tarantula- but that’s a whole other story.  I considered this as we sat outside last night drinking wine and enjoying a delicious grilled meal- about 10 feet away from the snake’s “HOUSE.”

I’m trying to be a grown-up about this.

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9 responses

  1. Welcome to the desert,I know I don’t like it either. I will move back to Ca. with you if were we can both chip in and pay the property taxes. I had the wildlife here, even if it is a good snake to have around your house, as people say. A snake is a snake in my eyes. They look too much like rattlesnakes in my sweet old lady eyes. Next time i come up I will meet you at a coffee shop thank you.

    July 23, 2014 at 5:47 am

  2. Eek! Creepy! BUT awesome photos!

    July 23, 2014 at 6:33 am

  3. joan

    I am now seriously rethinking my August visit!

    July 23, 2014 at 8:09 am

  4. I know this does creep me out! I am not a huge fan of all the wildlife you may encounter in Prescott! And I’ve actually thought about that a bit! Nevertheless, it will be nice to visit with you!

    July 23, 2014 at 8:29 am

  5. Verle York

    You know what I think, but some great pictures!

    July 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  6. Claudia Lowery

    Think of all the mice and rodents that snake eats…..I’ll take a snake over them anytime.

    July 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm

  7. Claudia Lowery

    Hey Melinda , can my sister get onto your blog ? Please let me know !

    July 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm

  8. I know that face!! And I know that lens 🙂 Great shots!

    July 26, 2014 at 8:13 am

  9. Barbara

    Great pictures!!

    August 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

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