It’s snake season

Snakes have been spotted here on the ranch and while they are mostly useful creatures and help with the rodent population, it can be scary coming in contact with an intimidating rattlesnake!  Although rattlesnakes are incredibly dangerous, most of them only attack in defense and would rather retreat than tangle with a human.  Throughout the year, when the weather is warm enough, you must watch your step and give these fascinating creatures the respect they deserve.  Here are some interesting snake facts:

Rattlesnakes can swim!

Kingsnakes actually kill and eat rattlesnakes.

Rattlesnakes are deaf.  They have a really good sense of smell and very good vision.  They detect things in their surroundings through vibrations made in the ground.

Each time they shed, a new rattle segment is added.

Gopher snakes will actually imitate rattlesnakes by flattening out their heads and vibrating their tails and bodies.

Pot-bellied pigs hate snakes and their thick skin offers some protection from bites.

Rattlesnakes are the only venemous snakes in California (we have several varieties).  To identify a rattlesnake, look for a triangular shaped head and a blunt tail (but don’t look too close!  They can strike up to a distance equal to 1/3rd of their body length).

For the safety of everyone here at the ranch (people and animals alike) it is important to be cautious and keep an eye out for these scary critters!

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