We had a bumper crop of snakes in the yard this year.
Apparently snakes don't have ears, as the well belled cats have been picking them off easily. As many as three or four a day. For the most part they are playing catch and release, they catchem and play with them. I yell at the cats and I release em.
I assume these are Garter Snakes of the New Mexican variety, sounds like a single female can have up to 50 live offspring, so maybe we had one particularly fertile couple in the yard.
For the most part, the snakes have been released with minor damage, but two have been killed. This big one early in the season:
and this one that got smashed in the door when it was hiding under the flashing:
I think I have rescued snakes 12 times so far this year, I think there were some repeat customers, but for the most part they are unique.
I assume that these snakes have been keeping down the grasshoppers in the yard and may grow to eat gophers, so I would love to keep them around. Anyone need some guaranteed proven snake catching cats?