So where's the snakes?
In the six years I've lived in my suburban Philadelphia home I've seen chipmunks, squirrels, groundhogs, rabbits, suprisingly large turtles in my creek\storm drain, plus an assortment of fish, herons, hawks, bluejays, cardinals, and a whole flock of all kinds birds, many of which I can't identify.
I haven't seen a snake.
I assume they must be there. I've planted lots of shrubs, let the area near the creek go a little wild, and made a small woodlands under the oaks in the back. There is a small park and some woods right up the creek.
Not that I'm a snake fancier mind you, but I expected to see at least a garter snake by now. I see them often enough when I'm hiking in the mountains or in the parks, but not at home.
Am I just not noticing them, or are they rare in a typical big city burb?