I found a snake in my front yard yesterday and I had a feeling he was harmless, but it brought about such fear in me. He was a large eyed, charcoal gray snake (couldn't see his underbelly) and I think he was a racer of some sort. He is resting comfortably on a grevillea bush, either waiting for hummingbirds or frogs. I was really shocked and scared when I saw him but had to convince myself that it was a good thing and that he wasn't going to hurt me. I was tempted to have him relocated, but the company I called doesn't relocate them; they set sticky traps. I didn't want him killed, and figured if they relocate him, he would probably come back anyway. So, I breathed deeply and just let it go.
I know he's not going to hurt us and he benefits the garden, but boy he raised my heart rate. Thanks for this article.
I hope the wandering neighborhood cat doesn't hurt him.
this is in February? Odd for snakes to be out so soon, even though it's been a relatviely mild winter. Sounds like a racer most likely... though could be a rat snake. No poisonous snakes in California that could climb a bush that I know of. All we have here are rattlensnakes and a few coral snakes.
This was a low bush, Palmbob, but I was still surprised to see him. At first I thought it was a frog, with the big eyes, then I thought it was a skink. I realized though that it was a snake. We have hummingbirds that go down to that bush to feed and I haven't seen them since the other day. We also have quite a few frogs.
This snake was dark gray with very large eyes. His body was smooth and very shiny/slimy, so much so that I couldn't even see his scales. He rested on the bush until about 4:30 or 5:00 and by the time my husband got home he was gone. I'll have to look at a picture of a rat snake to see if I recognize the face.