When I want reptile adventure all I need is to get out of bed.
It’s snake (and tarantula and scorpion) season, so it’s not uncommon to come across them on the acre now and again (I rescued a gopher snake from bird netting just last week).
King snakes, however, usually hunt in the evening, so while I’m used to seeing them after sunset, I don’t often see them cruising the yard in the middle of the afternoon like I did the other day.
You’d think as a snake that will eat a rattlesnake, most of the other members of the reptile kingdom would give a king snake plenty of room. But then again, you probably don’t think like the western fence lizard in this video.
I’m pretty sure that’s a teenage western fence lizard because you don’t get to be an adult fence lizard chasing and challenging snakes 10 times your size.
Hank the (oblivious) Dachshund might have saved his life there.
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.