I hate snakes.
As I looked out my home office/studio window I watched two snakes hunt. In that white pipe lives brand new baby bunnies. I watched the bunnies freak out...differently then they normally freak out. As I watched them, and while I've only seen one other snake in the yard a couple of years ago, I thought "snake." As soon as I thought it I saw IT. The first thing I wanted to see was the tail, since I needed to make sure it wasn't a rattle snake. I also grabbed my camera, had to quickly attach the zoom lens and began snapping pictures. I saw that it didn't have a rattle, but I couldn't identify the snake. I was almost hyperventilating as I took the pictures and was terribly worried about the bunnies. I moved to two other rooms at the front of my house to follow IT. Once it disappeared around a corner of my house and towards our garage I called hubby to let him know that a snake was lurking.
Then I off loaded the pictures to my computer. Once I had the pictures I began searching for what type of snake it was. I came to the conclusion it was a gopher snake. But I wasn't absolutely sure. So I uploaded the pictures to my flickr account. I twittered the link and the person who answered me was a fellow etsyian whose husband is a biologist. He identified it as a Bull snake, which is also a Gopher snake. A constrictor that can unhinge its jaw so it can eat "big" things.
Now in terms of our eco system, this is a "good" snake. It helps rid the world of rodents. We live in the country, next to a orange orchard and cotton field...there are a lot of mice and gophers. I just wish the snake would eat those rather than the bunnies. Although there is a huge population of bunnies....but they are so much cuter then the other animals.
I think there were two of them. I watched another cross the yard and slither into my automatic hose reel. I will never touch that again. I can barely walk out my front door to my mail box.
Did I happen to mention that I hate snakes?