Category Archives: Snake

Surprise Visitor of the Reptilian Kind

California Kingsnake

Over the Fourth of July weekend, I got a pleasant surprise. A California Kingsnake showed up in our garage (in southern Alameda County) in the middle of the afternoon! Perhaps the hot weather had something to do with it. Somehow it ended up picking the right house to visit. It was about a meter long […]

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San Antonio Valley in Spring

This trip consisted of a long drive, starting from Livermore via Mines Road, continuing past the junction with Del Puerto Canyon, into San Antonio Valley,¬† over the slopes of Mount Hamilton, past Joseph D. Grant County Park¬† and ending in San Jose on Alum Rock Avenue. There is mostly private land on both sides of […]

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Snake Sighting in Our Backyard

In early November, I came across an interesting inhabitant of our backyard. It was a Sharp-tailed Snake. We see them every once in a while, usually in summer. This was a small one, lying still under some leaf debris because of the cold weather I suspect. At first I thought it was dead but it […]

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