Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Primal Exposure

Someone found a snakeskin at Hahamongna Watershed Park and staked it out on a bench. It's an odd thrill to come across this primitive display in the 21st century.

I don't know what kind of snake it came from. We've come across king snakes as well as rattlesnakes at Hahamongna. Rattlers are more common so that's my guess.

I wonder what it feels like to shed one's skin. Probably pretty good.



24 comments:

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

O what a fascinating image.

Shell Sherree said...

Although snakes make me a tad uncomfortable {perhaps even several tads}, I find the whole skin-shedding thing quite fascinating. But if I found this in my yard, I'd start wearing fishing waders out there.

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Margaret said...

Some ancient, ancient cultures used to worship snakes because they did shed their skins, and were thus, born anew.

Petrea said...

Hi Gerald, I suppose you wouldn't come across this in your neck of the woods. Then again, there are things in your neck of the woods I never get to photograph!

Shell, I'd do the same thing. I don't think rattlers are interested in coming into town, though.

Hi Bogdan, welcome!

I like the metaphor, Margaret.

Greg Sweet said...

That's some pretty deft loofah work there.

Gopher snakes can get that big, but it looks like a rattler to me, too. Do you have a clear photo of the head? Most snakes have a diamond-shaped head, but those of rattlesnakes are delta-shaped.

Susan Campisi said...

Wow. That first photo is really beautiful. I love the angle. Love the post too. I agree with you, it would probably feel pretty good to shed one's skin.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Wow, that is gorgeous. Did you touch it?

Petrea said...

Greg, I should have taken an overhead shot but I didn't. I don't know if it was diamond-shaped or not.

Thanks, Susan. Seems harder and harder to do, doesn't it?

PA, I did, but only softly. It's delicate.

mark said...

I am certainly NOT going to show this photo to my favorite female traveling companion who likes to get naked in the great outdoors of California.

Katie said...

Cool! Who knew you were headed to the Hahamongna Museum of Natural history.

TheChieftess said...

Definitely looks like a rattler...

Oooh, Mark...you naughty boy, you!!!

Petrea said...

Mark, you can identify poison oak, can't you? Just want to be sure.

It does look like a museum display, Katie. I wish I could credit the artist.

I've got more rattlers for you tomorrow, Chieftess. Boy howdy have I got rattlers!

altadenahiker said...

Bring it on. They're in full force on the way to Echo -- and not just the attractive outer package. For the first time I'm thinking about getting leather anklets.

Petrea said...

Had to change the super snakes post to Thursday. Building up the excitement. It's prime rattler time out there. Whoever has the leather anklet concession must be rakin' it in.

Dina said...

It really is a thing of beauty.
I'm glad the hiker did not see it and just SLOUGH it off.

Jill said...

Oh, I love this photo so much.

Petrea said...

Hehe, Dina, me too.

Thanks, Jilly.

tapirgal said...

Well, they are sluggish before shedding and active afterwards, so I'm sure they feel better. The bench with the sticks in it is an ideal place for a snake ready to shed, but who would imagine a snake would crawl up and find it? What a discovery!

Diana said...

I found a shed snakeskin a couple of weeks ago on the parkway of California Terrace in Pasadena. A rather insecure place for shedding a skin, I'd have thought, but I'll find a way to work it into my jewelry making somehow.

Petrea said...

Tapirgal, I think it was the other way around--someone found the snake skin and mounted it on the bench with the sticks. At least I hope so. The thought of a snake crawling up on the bench while I'm reading my book--not good!

Diana, the skin is exquisite. It would be lovely to wear it somehow.

Sarah said...

Wonderful photo!

Amy said...

I love the angle of that image. It's oddly pretty.

Petrea said...

Thank you. I like it, too.