Wildlife watching with Boo

What tummy?

I was in the lovely cool Northwest last week and hiked a ferny path up Squak Mountain near Issaquah where a fat green frog lalupped across the trail in front of me. A big ole frog!
Back home I’ve fallen into a summertime stupor, motivated only by large amounts of caffeine. But outside, in spite of the heat, the wildlife is carrying on with survival duties. The orange cat Boo was stretched out on his window observatory and I joined in. We saw hummingbirds visiting the justica and the red yucca, a dove flying with great purpose carrying a large leafy twig, a good-sized whip tail lizard running across the gravel, and a gila woodpecker scavenging insects from under the roof tiles. Our resident desert spiny lizard scampered down the mesquite tree and assumed a hunting stance that eventually exhausted our attention spans. Later in the day Lexie and I discovered a small snake, dead on the back patio. We suspect he was dropped there by a bird, and its a shame, because he is a beautiful little snake, banded in orange and black. The field guide claims he is a Variable Sand Snake, but I wonder if he might be an immature king snake. Sand snakes actually slither along beneath the surface of the sand! There isn’t really alot of sand around here that I am aware of. I have a picture of this little guy in case anyone has an idea about his true identity. Now I’ve got to go clean the fountain, because with this heat, those critters are going to need water.

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2 responses to “Wildlife watching with Boo

  1. I think your snake looks like a ground snake…is that possible?
    I love the window wildlife watching. We are encouraging kids to do this in our upcoming Nature News. I think we will link to your blog so that they can see how it is done by a pro!
    Nice job as always.
    Megan

    • Folks we do have a winner. Megan Mosby, Executive Director of Liberty Wildlife has identified this pretty little snake as a Western Ground Snake.
      Sonora semiannulata to be official. These small nocturnal snakes live in burrows and prey on scorpions, spiders, centipedes and insects.
      Thanks Megan!

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