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July 17, 2011

I was out moving an old pile of wood chips yesterday and came across this beauty. This is the second King Snake I have seen on Old Hill and the first one I saw was dead from tractor blight. So I was very pleased to see this specimen alive and healthy.

Vineyards and snakes do not coexist easily. Without going into too much detail, think long and narrow vs. vineyard equipment. Snakes are going to have to be very lucky to survive this competition.

Over the years I have been creating habitat for snakes that usually consist of small piles of rocks or logs, strategically placed around the vineyard. When I come across a snake I move them to these locations for protection. A healthy population of gopher snakes can not be a bad thing, and they are such beautiful creatures.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2011 5:33 am

    Hello Bucklins-
    Reading through the blog tonight and love it. This is a great way to put a face on Bucklin and give it an identity.

    Great job. When I write my piece for enobytes, I’ll put in a link for the blog. Great stuff. See you on Sunday, July 31 with the wedding party. Thanks-
    Mark Storer

  2. July 20, 2011 3:20 pm

    yippee, we have a reader!

    See you soon Mark….

  3. Ellen Gill Pastore permalink
    July 21, 2011 12:52 am

    Will – and Lizanne – seeing that gorgeous photo of the King snake makes me realize that, yes, even a snake has beauty not to mention a role in the whole scheme of things on “the farm.”
    Ellen ( aka MomCat)

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