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RE: Found one on my back porch

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Posted by: markg at Wed May 13 13:15:34 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]  
   

Glad to hear that reptiles are plentiful where you are. I am in Rancho Palos Verdes, and I can say that the snake populations have plummeted, or else they are not showing themselves. Lizards on the other hand are making a huge comeback. The side-blotched here were far and few between, and now they are increasing due to the practice of restoring native vegetation.

Back to your cause - if there were that many rattlesnakes to provide food for Cal kings, there would already be more Cal kings. Or, better put, you putting new/additional Cal kings into the wild may not do squat to the rattlesnakes - the babies may just be food other Cal kings. You can breed them if you want, but putting babies into the wild may not be a valid solution in this case. You would need a "coastal" Cal king, hopefully from someone local. Pretty sure it is not legal to bring in normal Cal kings from out-of-state breeders in this case unless you have a permit to do so.

I am a snake lover too. I would want to fill every canyon with kings, etc. But, we just cannot do that and know the results, or else the results may be very different from our intent. Hopefully some field people will offer info on this.


   

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