Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

First Wild Snake of 2011

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8 Responses to “First Wild Snake of 2011”

  1. Susan Chapler says:

    Very cool pic. Crazy snake! I haven’t found any snakes yet but plenty of alligator lizards (nice and cold and sluggish and friendly). I’m hoping for snakes, we’ve had ridiculous amounts of rain last winter/spring (N. California coast, ridge, mixed conifer/deciduous). I want snakes! And again, a great pic of that nifty snake 😉 Keep snapping!

  2. Dave Weber says:

    Hey Brian

    Perhaps he was chasing a lizard and didntrealize he was climbing the tree? Who knows….herps are cool.


  3. Crotalus says:

    Lots’a color in that one. The only one I have ever seen was more desert gray & tan, and that was in Goler Canyon in Death Valley N.P.

  4. Michael says:

    Great photo… how many of these guys would you say you find per year? I have yet to find one :\

  5. Bryan says:

    I usually find quite a few, almost always on the way to/from location. I saw another one yesterday afternoon, but didn’t get any photos of it before it got into the brush. Try hiking down dry washes in the warm parts of the day, mid morning and late afternoon, looking at open basking areas raised up a bit off the bottom of the wash.

  6. Crotalus says:

    I’ll give that a try. Think they might be good captives for a classroom, or are they too nervous, and difficult to feed?

  7. Michael says:

    Thanks! I may get a chance to try that out this week. 🙂

  8. Bryan says:

    I don’t think they’d be good for a classroom, to be honest. They’re really bitey and FAST! For a classroom, I don’t think one could beat a good old california kingsnake or gophersnake … pretty, friendly, large enough, and hardy.

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