Category Archives: Landscape & Wildlife

Thanksgiving and the deer herd

Mid November and the herd is doing very well. The eight deer captured in one clip show a healthy group of doe and young deer. The bucks are roaming the area but rarely seem to pass in front of the camera.

There’s one clip, where it looks like a young deer is chasing a rabbit away, but I later realized that both were spooked and actually running from a potential threat.  The older deer faces the unknown and does a foot stomp to see if anything presents any noise again.



They are all looking great and so far it’s been a mild winter but very little rain.  There’s still a lot of greenery for the deer to munch on and the ground is already holding acorns.  The game camera is nearly always up and I’ll update every couple weeks.

Thirsty Speckled King Snake

I spotted one of my resident king snakes during a sunny and warm October day. This is the small one and it looks to be growing fast. I had not seen it for most of the summer and I was beginning to wonder if the large one might have eaten it. I googled and googled but couldn’t find any information as to whether this type of snake will eat it’s own kind. I was relieved to spot it the other day and I snapped a pic of it.

I had recently watched a video on YouTube of an Indian man giving a king cobra a drink from a water bottle. The snake had wandered into a small village and apparently they knew that during a time of drought, thirsty snakes could venture into villages seeking a drink. Not that they know someone will hand it to them, but obviously they sense water in the area. Since we’ve had almost no rain in quite some time, I decided I should check if my favorite little salt-and-pepper was thirsty.

When I returned with some water in a bucket, and as I approached the snake, it also approached me. In contrast to it’s sudden interest, when I first saw it and got closer to capture a photo, it wasn’t interested and stuck it’s head under some leaves as if to hide. I hadn’t even started pouring the water on the concrete and it’s head was already raised up to accept it. At that point I decided to use my phone to make a short clip, but it kept drinking and drinking. I decided to continue with more video and even had to return to the spigot for another splash of water to pour out.


I love my speckled king snakes. I couldn’t find the big one on that day but I have seen it leave the house area and head toward the pond. It’s a full grown adult, so I’m not too worried about that one. Thanks to these critters, I have no rodents around the house and I don’t worry about any other snake in the immediate area.