Yesterday (Saturday) the Diablo Mountain Cloggers (one of my clogging groups) danced a couple of sets at Old Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek as part of their Heritage Day. It’s always fun to go to this annual event with lots of old-time crafts, displays, and nature information.
We also saw not one, but two snakes. First, there was this handsome gopher snake under the ramp by the barn. A nearby ranger told us some of the differences between a gopher snake and a rattler, other than the obvious rattles at the end of the tail. The gopher snake is very shiny, so much he almost looked wet. A rattlesnake is not shiny and also will be much fatter than the gopher snake. I thought this guy was rather handsome and he didn’t seem to be too bothered by the crowd that had gathered to see him. He was at least a couple of feet long.
As some of us were leaving, I noticed a kid pointing to a spot in the grass. Another snake! This one was a king snake, though. A different ranger told us that king snakes are good to have around because they aren’t affected by a rattler’s poison and will eat rattlesnakes. Hmmm. Good to know. The king snake was a little larger than the gopher snake we saw earlier, probably at least three feet long. Man! Two snakes in one day and I think I usually see about one snake every 10 years or so.
(With my apologies to Jennifer.)