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ogon
Paradise, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 1, 2011
2:04 PM

Post #8602011

Thanks for the wonderful article! I love snakes in the wild, but have a healthy respect for them as I spent my younger years in a rural desert area of southern CA that was frequented by Rattlesnakes and so was taught to admire from a distance and never handle them. I have found an exception though! While we still have plenty of Rattlesnakes where I now live, along with numerous harmless snakes varieties, the most irrisistibly adorable snakes around are the Sharp Tailed Snake "contia tenuis." The first time I found one, I was very suprised. They are tiny little things, maxing out at about 12in, and I have found some no more than about 3in long! They are so cute and so tiny. I live in an oak forested area, and so I tend to find them in the moist leaves or under stones or planters. They are rosy red on top, and generally grey on the belly. They look almost like a worm, particularly the smallest ones. They are just so cute with their delicate proportions and little tiny rasping tongues. I did some research to find out what variety they are, at first thinking they were just a juvenile form of some other variety of snake, but those little 12in guys are full grown! They feed mostly on slugs, so they are very welcome in my garden!

I've include an image from the website californiaherps.com, and you can go to this link for more info on the species: http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/c.tenuis.html

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


June 2, 2011
6:29 AM

Post #8603580

nice find... never seen one of those
ogon
Paradise, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 29, 2011
11:02 AM

Post #8829299

Here is a new picture of one of my resident Contia tenuis. Found this little guy under a pile of oak leaves in my front yard :)

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


September 29, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8829455

nice!

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