Western Colorado Social Media Snake Pics
Snakes of every shape, size, and color of the rainbow are showing up in Western Colorado. While most natives don't mind snakes when they're outdoors, they don't typically appreciate them hanging out in the living room.
Check out the gallery above and you'll see several photos sent to us by listeners. You'll notice most of these snakes have seen better days. While some of these snakes are harmless, people don't seem to enjoy sharing their homes with them. When a rattlesnake slithers its way onto a job site, work crews don't seem to dig it.
Steve Harding, a lifelong Western Colorado resident and a member of the very cool band Lever Action has encountered a startling number of rattlesnakes over the last five years. As a matter of fact, he says until a few years ago he had never seen a rattlesnake in the wild before. As of last June, Harding estimates he’s seen over 30.
Steve posts photos of the most sightings to his social media page. This guy is running into some big snakes!
I placed a call to the Division of Wildlife. According to their spokesperson, the reported sightings did not necessarily indicate an increase in the rattlesnake population.
The other day, I watered the outside plants at a friend's house. I had been keeping an eye on his home while he was out of town. Imagine my surprise when I walked up to the front step only to find a snake, the variety of which I haven't a clue, hanging out by the front door. It was harmless but still creepy. I left it alone.
I certainly don't mean to imply there's been any increase in the snake population in Western Colorado. Maybe the tendency to snap a photo and share it on social media is the factor showing an increase in popularity. In any event, they're out there.