|The Daily Bucket is a place where we post and exchange our observations about what is happening in the natural world in our neighborhood. Bugs, buds, birds - each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.
More below the orange snake trail (no pictures)
10/5/2012 - Castro Valley, CA.
We had a Pacific Ring-Necked Snake in the front yard in the evening. I had never seen nor even heard of these guys, though it turns out that there are many varieties of ring-necked snakes, they are widespread and not too uncommon. They are also generally nocturnal and their preferred habitat is cover. They do a really cool thing with their tail when disturbed, coiling it into a cone shape which displays their orange underside and creates orange and dark stipes. Pictures and further information may be found Here.
So, it is your turn to report what you've been seeing in your neighborhood. As usual, post your reports in the comments and give your general location.