What’s Happening in La Ventana? Let us know if you have something to share or questions for the community.
- Retired professional couple looking for beach front or very close to beach 1-3 bedroom monthly rental for February and March 2023. Currently in La Ventana and would love to view the rental if possible. Greg and Robin. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Are there any rules regarding outside burning? Bonfires, clearing lots, etc? Thanks! email@example.com
- Seeking recommendations for shop specializing in transmission rebuilding of Honda automatic. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Open Mic night at Cornamenta Beach Bar will return on Thursday February 10th at 7pm. Reminder that all performers should bring their own microphones in order to perform. Sign up at 6:15. Darrellmstewart@gmail.com
All Things Reptile by Chance Stevens - The Baja California Coachwhip (Masticophis fuliginosus) is probably the most common snake in La Ventana and the surrounding region. The photo below shows me holding a juvenile Coachwhip that I found in a brush pile a few weeks ago, in early January. This slender, harmless, non-venomous snake is diurnal, quite fast and, like many snakes, elusive.
Normally, adults have black-colored heads, with their bodies fading to gray towards the tail. Juveniles are more brownish, like the one in the photo. They are one of La Ventana’s longest snake species. Adults range in size from four feet up to eight feet long. Like many other local snakes, this species is most active during the summer months. During warm, sunny winter days, however, these snakes can be found out and about. Look for them in brush piles, under rocks and flat scraps like discarded wood planks, cardboard, carpet remnants, etc.
Overall, Baja California Coachwhips are beautiful and amazing snakes and, as long as we don’t bother them, they won’t bother us! If you want to talk snakes, please contact me at ChanceStevens123@icloud.com or Text 503-777-1404.