California king snakes—a good thing. These non-venomous constrictors are found throughout California and the west. They play an important role in the eco-system by controlling rodent and frog populations and killing rattlesnakes. They are popular pet reptiles because they are attractive, easy to care for and can be tamed.
Pump motors—also a good thing. They keep wells working, fountains flowing, irrigation systems sprinkling, and spa and pool water circulating.
Snake crawling into a pump motor—not a good thing. For either one.
Cause of this motor malfunction was obvious. Unfortunately, this 3-foot-long mountain king snake met its doom inside. We were able to fix the motor, but not the snake.
(Apologies to ophiophilists for the sad pics…)
Intact king snake photo by Mark Kenderdine.
curious king snake
pumps and reptiles do not mix
wish we could fix you