Our friends, Jan and Wayne have returned to Ecuador and will be staying for four months. They brought their nephew and his wife from Wisconsin, Jeff and Gayle, so that they could escape the winter and enjoy a week or two on the beaches of San Clemente.
Yesterday Jeff and Gayle were walking on the beach and noticed a six-foot long snake that had ventured too near the cool ocean waters and was on the beach. They went back to tell Wayne and Jan about the snake they had seen. Jan determined to stay safely up in the house, but Wayne hurried down to see if the snake was still on the beach.
Since the snake had been chilled by the waters, it had not moved. Wayne found the snake and picked it up.
The following pictures were taken by Gayle after Wayne rescued the snake.
Wayne has lived many years in Barstow, California and is familiar with snakes. He tells me this is a female boa. You can see the snake trying to wrap itself around Wayne’s arm.
Snakes are plentiful in the Amazon jungle areas of eastern Ecuador and other varieties are often found in the mountains and forests of central Ecuador, but they are rarely seen here in San Clemente. Apparently this snake got too close to the ocean and a wave doused her and cooled her body temperature to where she needed to wait exposed to beach combers until the sun could warm her.
Wayne put the snake up onto a warm rock in the morning sunshine.
They left the snake there warming in the sun and emailed me to let me know that they had seen the snake. Mary and I came down to see if we could see the snake.
But, by the time we walked back up the beach with Wayne, we could not find the snake. Apparently the warmth of the stone revitalized the snake and she was able to retreat to the trees and shrubs on the beach that are more suitable habitat for boas.
Just as well for me as I would have probably felt obliged to pick the thing up so as not to be out-done by Wayne. And frankly – I do not like snakes!
So the photos will have to do and I did not have to act like a, “Sissy, Fraidy Cat!”
Life is good in Ecuador.