Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bird Netting Catches a California King Snake!

The excitement just never ends in the Thomas Animal Sanctuary (my backyard).  Thought I'd seen every part of the desert food chain over the last few years - big fat desert spiny lizards, roadrunners trying to eat the spiny lizards, cottontail rabbits, owls stalking the rabbits, rock squirrels, and the occasional hawk swooping down to eat the squirrels . 

Now I have frogs, and a California King Snake trying to eat them!  Poor guy got tangled up in the bird netting we had just put out to protect our tomato plants.  I called the Arizona Herpetological Association for advice and was told King Snakes are great to have in your garden, are non-venomous,  feed on rodents and snakes, and are immune to rattlesnake venom.  So we cut him loose from all the netting and he's still here, just waiting for a frog to hop by.

12 comments:

  1. i like your post. it is effective method to get rid of birds. i recently installed bird netting in my garden. it is really a effective method.

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  2. Poor guy, I am so glad you rescued him. That net is really hard on snakes, so you really have to watch out for them. You must have a really wonderful yard to attract all those birds and other critters.

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  3. Oh God......Really it's working. Bird netting is great idea to avoid pest birds and all other pest.

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  4. Beautiful Cali king! Btw...that is a she, not a he. ;)

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