Into Eden’s~


wild west,


coyotes rule,


above the rest.



of the night,

they reign


But in the day,

they step aside,
when into Eden,

serpents slide.


This 12-year-old Southern Pacific Rattlesnake was about 20 feet from our door. She was well over 5 feet in length. My son said, “Aren’t you going to take her picture?”

I was so shocked by her too close presence that I forgot about taking pics which is a first for me, and I was a bit rattled when I finally took them! This is the wild west, and the rattlesnakes live here, and always have.

On another note, a genetic study was published a few days ago, which clarified there is only one true north american wolf, the grey wolf, others are coyote/wolf hybrids.

Cheers to you from Eden’s Holler~

282 thoughts on “Into Eden’s~

  1. Where were you when you took these pictures? Looks like whoever hosted you were thinking of children with the wading pool or providing a watering trough for the locals.
    If I lived there I’d want to open carry a gun to protect my territory from critters who could take a bite out of me!

    • That pool is a todddler pool we set up for wildlife watering due to the horrendous drought we are having here. I carry bear spray as a precaution. It is less lethal and I have never had to use it,.

  2. Cindy, you are brave indeed to get close enough to take that rattler’s picture! The coyotes’, too. Although they’re kinda cute (almost look dog-like), I know they can be fierce. No way do I want Dallas meeting face-to-face with one…or more!

  3. Excellent photos! Yes, I even love the rattlesnake…from a safe distance, of course!
    Coyotes are here on the Washington coast, too – we hear them talking to each other late at night.

  4. Amazing photos Cindy and the coyotes looks like, they find enough food 😀
    This rattle snake was big. I’m learning not to be as scared as I was in the beginning here in Spain. I respect them and give them time to leave, when I meet them, but I don’t have passion for them. We do have the same rights to live, no matter human or animal.

    • I had to google this. I didn’t realize you had five venomous snake species in Spain. I learn new things everyday from bloggers. I know Portugal and the UK have them. Thank you for enlightening me. The biggest safety precautions I employ are snake boots and careful monitoring of where I step or put my hands, as long as I remember to do this!!

      • I have met some in my time here and because I have had not so good experiences with some snakes years ago, no bites, I have had to learn about them to avoid bites at all. Knowledge helps a lot.
        The most big as I met here, I wrote a post about then. It was between 2,5 – 3 meters and thick enough to take rabbits without any problems. These are not usual in Spain, but some people left their animals of different kind in our nature, when they could not take care of them any longer. This one was very dark in color.

  5. Aren’t those coyotes just glorious! But the snake…well…I do not know if I could have composed myself that much – to take the photos. In Sweden we only have one poisonous snake, and when we met a big one this summer I managed a photo as well. But far, far from as dangerous as this one.

  6. Snakes in the grass…, and crying Wolf ! Can’t wait for what will pop up next, Cindy, as long as it’s not a cottontail eating more of my green bean plants !!! You seem to have A LOT of coyotes there. Are you encouraging them ??? Those critters like cottontails for dinner as well as the rattlers ! Loved the pics. 🙂

    • “Snakes in the grass…, and crying Wolf!”
      Yep, that sums up The Holler! 😉
      I set up the pool because of the horrendous drought and the need for wildlife to have water. All sorts of creatures drink from it. But the coyotes are dominant.

  7. Looks like Butch and Sundance have returned.
    “Raindrops keep falling on my head
    and just like the man whose feet are too big for his bed ~”

    Beware of snakes bearing apples. 🙂 🙂

    • They are definitely a critter to be realistically feared and dogs are at significant risk around them. Strange that the snake was on a frozen pond and not in it’s winter den. Something must have driven it out.

      • Okay, now I get you. I have heard the coyotes take calves down and seen the after effects but have never actually seen the process since it occurs at night thank God. I know they take calves from cows as they deliver and this causes the mama cows to wail for days and nights. Really terribly sad to hear and think about. They are wild predators as you well know.

  8. Oh Cindy, I am so thrilled with this post! Your coyote friends are so healthy and robust, great to see pups, and wonderful that you’re giving out abundant free water during this hottest and dryist of times. And the rattlesnake blew me away!! We, too, in our northern Calif. home get rattlers, and I am all for letting them live, so that’s the first bravo. But this one is huge! Such a divine creature. Thanks so much for sharing this, and for nobly sharing your homeland with all the wildlife.

  9. Impresionante la serie de fotos de los coyotes, pero las fotos de la serpiente de cascabel “ponen los pelos de punta”, que diríamos por aquí. ¿No pasate miedo? La naturaleza salvaje es maravillosa, pero hay que andarse con cuidado para evitar accidentes. Buen fiende y un abrazo, Cindy ❤

  10. Can see why you might be rattled but you managed some pics! Your coyotes obviously love the paddling pool on offer. Not Air B and B but water! Much needed here too at present!

  11. I know two women who’ve been bitten by a rattle snake. One was airlifted to a hospital, treated and recovered quickly. The other was in the hospital for two weeks. I have great respect for those snakes, coupled with an abundance of caution. I’m glad you’re okay. Your love of all animals shines through.

  12. Hi Cindy. You have your own nature preserve, I see. I hope you used a telephoto lens to shoot the snake! Impressive that you took the photos. I would have run. 🙂

    • I have been so struck by the similarities watching our coyotes and comparing them to my friend’s wolves. She has two grey wolves. The wolves are bigger but otherwise so similar~

    • Good for you! Coyotes are intelligent, adaptive and highly successful predators. Rattlesnakes are equally successful predators. Maybe their success makes people dislike them, combined with fear. Fear is the biggest source of hostility.

  13. We started feeding a feral cat and now there are 4 on our porch begging for food every morning. What a great way to attract coyotes by providing water! BTW, how do you know this was a12-year old rattlesnake? Does the rattle reflect their age? It is a magnificent snake, beautiful markings.

    • We have bobcat, rare cougar, raccoon and other tracks around The Holler. We were providing water due to the insanely terrible ongoing drought conditions for all the wildlife. Even the hawks want the water. But, the coyote packs have taken the water over and laid claim to it.
      And yes, you age a rattler by counting the rattle chambers. My son says just what you said about rattlesnakes, “Aren’t they beautiful!” I respect people who see and say this. If we put our fear aside for a minute, we can see they are incredibly designed for what they do.

      • Hello Cindy,

        Love your photos. I was just searching southern pacific rattlesnakes because I recently saw one on a job site in San Diego. Your photos of the one above showed up. I in no way want to be a know it all but “call me crazy” I have 2 pet western diamondback rattlesnakes. I’ve had them both now for a little over a year. Within this time, each one has shed its skin 5 to 6 times. It’s a common misconception that each rattle marks a year. Depending on their diet, more food or less, will determine how often they shed. I feed mine every 2 to 3 weeks. Just wanted to “shed” some light on the subject. Great photos! Thank you for posting for our pleasure.

        • Thank you for the more accurate info. So they grow new rattles when they shed? How interesting Thank you for shedding some light on the issue. It’s rattlesnake season at The Holler right now and neighbors are reporting lots of sightings, more than normal for this time of year. I’m sure you heard about the man who got bitten on both thumbs picking something up from the ground. I haven’t heard how he is. Thanks again for the heads up and be careful with your tenants!

  14. No coyotes here in Australia…only Dingos which are also mixing into the dog population.
    I love the justaposition of the wild west and coyotes and the toddler pool! xx Rowena

  15. There are coyotes around here and I love listening to them at night, but other than that, I’m not too keen on them. We live in a subdivision, but that doesn’t keep them away.
    The rattler is gorgeous! It is much prettier than the rattlesnakes we have here in Ohio. Great photos!

    • It takes time to get used to living around wild animals. I used to be afraid of the coyotes until we built our fences. Now I respect them as the wild predators they are and give them space. I love hearing them at night!

  16. I have heard the coyotes calling to each other at night.
    Last week, I saw my first tarantula walking on the sidewalk. I was so shocked by the size of the spider, I didn’t even think about taking pictures.
    Haven’t seen a rattlesnake around here yet, but if I do…I might not remember to take its photo either.
    And I didn’t get a photo of the scorpion either, because I was too busy rescuing my cat (even though the cat didn’t seem to be too worried about following the scorpion around). I am definitely not used to being in Texas yet!

    • I had a reptivite nightmare when we first moved here. I was being chased by coyotes at night when my car broke down, and ran into an orchard port a potty to escape them. The port a potty was full of black widow spiders and a coiled rattler!
      Welcome to The Holler!
      Now when I see any of these creatures, I am interested, and run for my camera! It does get better.

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