A Neighborly Visit

May 28th, 2016 15 Comments



In the country, neighbors sometimes just drop by unannounced and make themselves comfortable on the front porch. To put this gentleman (or lady) in perspective for you, the antique French bread rack is five feet wide, precisely sixty inches, making this by far the largest gopher snake I have ever seen, larger by about a foot than the one that, ah, shall we say, surprised me one day in the barn as I was unloading hay bales. I chanced to look up and a very large gopher snake was resting comfortably on a very narrow beam directly over my head, watching me work. Among other things, I told that particular snake I thought it ill-mannered of him to laze about watching me do the heavy lifting and not even volunteering to help.

This is a Pacific gopher snake, and according to my copy of The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians, they can grow as large as 100-inches in length, over eight feet. Five feet is plenty big enough for me. I mean, there’s no point in showing off.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I just had two in my yard, entangled with each other. The smaller being around 4ft and the other at least 5ft. Had to moved them away from the horses, but kept them in the yard. Very beautiful.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yikes! What did you do?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jameson
    Have seen alot of snakes from when we lived in the country but never a gopher snake. Now I am curious enough to read up on them to see if they are around East and Northeast texas.
    Even two feet of snake is more than big enough for me. 🙂
    Nancy Darlene

  4. Anonymous says:

    You must have plenty of small rodents, etc to keep the snakes fed. In my neck of the woods I have lots of garter snakes to flush out of my lawn before I mow.

    Are the horny toad lizards still seen in your area? Had plenty of them near Cummings Mountain back in the 70’s and 80’s.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Ew. I think I would have run out of there screaming. I hope they are not poisonous.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Do they eat rodents? Maybe, they will eat the ground squirrels that annoy you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Il y a encore des étagères pour y exposer le pain comme sur la photo dans certaines boulangeries françaises. Par contre, on y trouve des baguettes de pain croustillantes et non des serpents……… brrrrrrrr…..

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hello JP,

    beautiful snake! I do hope it lives up to it’s name 😉

    Best wishes

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think the antique bread rack is cool.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The French must have made some really large loaves of bread.

  11. Anonymous says:

    My first up close encounter with a snake was with a beautiful and young green boa. It curled itself by the left side of our TV set. We lived very close to nipah forest so i reckon it must had entered the house through the windows which were just behind the tv instead of the front door which was about 10 feet away. I was around 4 and it was time for Sesame Street so i was the only one in the living room. I remember staring at the grey tv wondering when it suddenly had a green and black band at the bottom. I peered at the right side. No green band. Perplexed, i went to fetch my big brother and showed him the band. He stared, left and came back with a broom. He poked and the snake uncurled and leaped to the floor. It slithered and managed to disappeared under the latex mat we used to cover the cement floor. We tried to feel for it from on top of the mat but it must have managed to get to the door without any of us noticing. When my dad came back from work later, he flipped all the mats over – no snake.

    aida mustapha

  12. Anonymous says:

    Not show off? Hey man, if you got it, flaunt it!…..L.B.

  13. Anonymous says:

    My sister-in-law told us a snake story that she swears is true. She live in Missouri with her husband and son and they own land so they can raise chickens. One day she went out to collect eggs with her son and saw a really large poisonous snake part way into the chicken coop trying to get the eggs. She grabbed the snake by the tail and pulled it out. The snake being a snake tried to bite her. She started to swing the snake over her head around and around. Then she yelled at her son to grab an axe. At some point she slammed the snake on the ground and her son chopped the snakes head off with the axe. That is her snake story.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I live in a large housing development on the outskirts of Tucson. Despite being a big cookie-cutter subdivision, we are surrounded by undeveloped land with a large wash running through, so the wildlife highway keeps things interesting. I’ve come face to face with a cougar on my street. One summer night at dusk, as my dog and I were out for our nightly constitution, I rounded a corner on the sidewalk and in the last light saw what looked like a large stick lying to the left of the walkway. As the dog and I passed it, I realized it was a rattlesnake, about four feet long, also out for his nightly constitution, passing us in a rather neighborly way, giving us right-of-way to the sidewalk. I have nearly stepped on snakes and all they do is try to get out of the way. Truly, they are not dangerous unless you try to tangle with them. – Michele

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