Snakes and cats: how the cat Sonya tried to make friends with a snake?Ya live in the State of Arizona in the picturesque place - in the desert Sonora. During a rainy season all desert looks as the blossoming oasis. The earth is covered with a grass and wild flowers, between them the various blossoming cactuses tower. Here a large number of reptiles - snakes of different types is found.
Somehow I left the house and saw a huge snake who with the light coloring was almost imperceptible among stones about an eucalyptus. I fast drove behind a chamber and as it appeared, in time. The snake slowly went to the house. Suddenly it seemed from - for stones in all beauty! The first rush was - to escape, but curiosity got the best, what will be farther. On closer examination the snake was very nice, with a beautiful pattern of a flexible body. And I decided to observe and photograph up to the end...
The snake efficiently went to the house, without being confused my presence at all. I, naturally, followed it... on some distance. The beauty crept along a wall and turned for a corner. I hardly kept up with it. Without stopping the snake crept forward. Interestingly, of what she “thought“, having approached human housing? The snake moved quickly, I would tell, gracefully as the skilled ballerina on a scene.
A snake already on a porch, it is possible to see what it is long. The animal probably wanted “to call on us“, but we did not invite her therefore it continued the way. Having passed a porch, the snake turned for a corner and crept away in a crack under the house. There she spent several days.
At this time we cautiously passed by this place. But here is how - that in the morning I noticed our prishelitsa on cement near the house. I vividly called the husband, and he adequately helped it to go to a native habitat, without prejudice to its health.
At our place two murlyk live: black cat of Dachshunds with a white shirtfront and white pads, and the beauty Sonya - a three-colored kitty with very aristocratic manners. Once during short walk cats had to meet such snake, there is only less size. Since then cats long were left in the house without walks.
Once I had imprudence to take out Sonya on the street that it breathed fresh air and got warm on the sun. She was very bright person and began to demand that walks happened daily. It was necessary to fence especially for its walks the platform with an iron grid where it under my supervision went every morning.
Somehow in the morning I took out it on the street, placed in a zagonchik, and itself began to do exercises, glancing at a cat. At first Sonya played with ants, but they quickly bothered her. Then nibbled a grass, hunted on a lizard, but that was much quicker. Further the koteyka hid for a log under a tree and calmed down.
I finished the exercises and decided that it is time to call the reveller home. She well knows the name and usually quickly responds. I called her several times - zero attention. It was necessary to open for me a door and to go to look for.
I found out that Sonya is busy with hunting again, but on whom - this time I did not see. Just in case I took a big stick, struck a grid to distract attention of a cat from object of hunting, but it did not take any effect. I struck a grid more feasibly. Suddenly from - under a tree the huge black snake one and a half meter long appeared … I vividly jumped aside, and Sonya with ecstasy watched live “toy“, having decided that it is a piece of a wire with which our cats like to play. Possibly, according to Sonya, this black conductings looked much more nicely, than a usual cord.
The snake continued to coil and thrash a tail on a grid meanwhile, showing displeasure because it was disturbed. Such huge zmeishcha could have breakfast quietly little Sonya. It was necessary to rescue a cat urgently. Having collected all the courage in a fist, I jumped up to a cat, seized her by a nape and ran away from the dangerous neigbour.
Having come home and having a little calmed down, sat down at the computer to find information on this snake. It turned out that it is the black Mexican royal snake belonging to a type of Lampropeltis getula niger. Its length reaches one and a half meters. To us the large copy met Sonya. Coloring of a body - black. Sometimes on the main tone several small yellow specks on lateral and back cheshuyakh settle down. There are no cross strips. I with fear did not make out these details. The royal snake eats mice, rats and rabbits. Leads a nocturnalism, prefers the dry shaded places for the dwelling.
When I told about our adventure with a snake to my husband, he quietly answered: “Yes, at these snakes under a tree the constant dwelling“. Many years ago he saw snakes there, and several times and in different years.
For myself I decided that Sonina walks on it are finished as around it is full of other snakes, scorpions, poisonous toads and other living creatures with which our sociable cat will want to play. God helps those who help themselves.
But I was wrong. Over time cats won the right to walk so much how many to them it is necessary also without any supervision. They learned to distinguish dangerous animals from safe, and began to hunt some with great success.