Gopher snake! A good guy in the garden…they help to keep the rodent population in check. It is, however, startling when bending down to harvest a beautiful zucchini, to find that diamond pattern with the same coloration as the deadly rattlesnake right at one’s fingertips! Look for the rattle…also the head is shaped slightly different, with the rattlesnake having more of a triangular head.
Cucumbers are reaching out, flowering, and producing fruit!Painted serpent, or striped Armenian cucumber
Black widow…what a beautiful spot for your web…you carry a deadly venom, but when you look so healthy and nurturing towards your young, it is tough to kill you…just don’t come into the house and you will survive!
Melons growing…hope to have some for market soon!