Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
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An unwanted guest

I frequently write about how great it is to have open space in back of my house. I can sit on my patio in the evenings and watch the squirrels and chipmunks play. There are my buddies the quail who wander around squawking. Occasionally there are hawks soaring overhead. As I have also written, it can be a double-edged sword especially when it comes to my garden. I have to take extra measures to protect the seeds and seedlings from my hungry critter neighbors.

And then there was yesterday evening....

I was just about to hop the fence to take Anubis for his walkies when I looked down and saw this guy. It was a very close call! Anubis and Skookum had just hopped the fence before me and both had landed less than a foot away from the snake. He didn't rattle or anything. He was very docile. I called Skookum back into the yard from a place several feet away. She was a good kitty and complied. I put Anubis on a sit command, and he obeyed. I then ran inside to get the camera. I was able to get within 2' of it since it was just on the other side of the wall. Finally I got a piece of pvc pipe and pushed it away. It took me poking it with the pipe to finally get it to rattle at me.

Here's another pic that shows how close he was to the wall

This is really not a new thing. I have seen rattlesnakes up on the mesa several times over the past few years. In fact, there was a snake there last year that I heard but never saw. I wrote about it in this LJ entry. And once again, it is a double-edged sword. No, I don't want poisonous critters living so close to me (and my pets), but on the other paw they are there to eat the critters that are threatening my garden. As long as they stay on their side of the fence, we can co-habitate just fine.
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