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Wild Things

Hiking around Marin on saturday, at Black Sand Beach, I spotted a snake slithering into the bushes. It was brownish-green with yellow stripes. I believe it's my first time seeing a snake in the wild. I'm pretty sure it was a coast garter snake.

Later, driving past an old shooting range I saw some people checking out what looked like a coyote. I had Amy stop the car and we got out. Sure enough, it was a coyote. It seemed curious, it was hanging out near a girl taking photos of it, and two cyclists on a trail that had stopped to observe it. The more it hung around the more attention it began to draw, so after a couple of minutes it took off. That's the first coyote I've seen. I love that so much wildlife exists within a bicycle-ride of where I live.

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jtrevino
Mar. 12th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Was that your first snake-in-the-wild sighting?! Is it true that there are no snakes in Ireland?

I saw a couple of coyotes this past week in SF - one in GG and the other on Twin Peaks - pretty wild.
henrylyne
Mar. 12th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, my first wild snake. Although I saw something that looked like a sea-snake on my first night-dive in Belize. Ireland is snakeless, thanks to St. Patrick. Or maybe there just aren't very many snakes.

Coyotes in SF? Damn, I was pretty surprised to see raccoons, but coyote is a different matter. I've been all over GG Park but have never seen a coyote.
jtrevino
Mar. 12th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
I've done a fair amount of late night driving through the park and the animals start coming out 'round 3AM, when the traffic dies down. I've seen coyotes a couple of times and skunk families late at night. The skunk family sighints are trippy - just a bunch of little eyes that turn your direction when you're driving. It makes me wonder where they're all living.

Yeah, I've seen a couple of giant-ass raccoons in the non-park parts of the city - it's amazing to me how large they are and I'm really curious about where they live. Last summer we were leaving our back door open to get a breeze and I noticed a sound in the back of the house. I went to investigate and came face-to-face with an enormous raccon - I don't know who was more freaked - me or him. I was blocking his exit, so he freaked, and tore through the window screen and drapes - pretty wild. We keep the back door closed now - heh.
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