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Cat and garter snake are best of friends.

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 6:09 am in Alligator lizard, Cats, Skunks, Snakes.

Tiger Lily and her garter snake friend. Photo by Stephanie Santos, Hayward, CA
1cat & friend stephanie santos hayward

Gary:
I just wanted to share a picture of my cat Tiger Lily and her friend, a neighborhood garter snake, who came for a visit and hung out in the patio.  I really enjoy your column. Have a great day,
Stephanie Santos, Hayward, California

Stephanie:
Curious, how our pet cats will sometimes interact with unusual creatures. Many years ago I has a tabby named John who I would occasionally find sitting out on our back patio next to an alligator lizard. One of my present cats, Jazz, has this thing going with a skunk and its family. Jazz will often sit at the sliding glass door in my home office and look out at a female skunk standing on the other side of the door. They’ll just sit and stare at each other. In the spring, the skunk will bring her babies and they’ll all  stare back and forth, just inches away from each other, separated by a pane of glass. Interesting. /Gary

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