When you choose to live in semi-rural North Scottsdale you learn to adapt to the environment around you. As a city boy, I never thought I would be fascinated with the many forms of wildlife like coyote, javelina, bobcat and of course snakes of all kind that are natural to this area. But here in N. Scottsdale they are commonplace, and after all they were here first.
Like a lot of southern Arizonians we are pool owners and even if you have a weekly or bi-monthly pool service, you need to perform daily tasks like skimming leaves and removing foreign matter from the pool skimmer. Today, I went to check the skimmer because I routinely trap a few mice or bugs and I like to remove them as quickly as possible. Much to my surprise, overnight a small snake tried to get a drink of pool water and found itself trapped.
Ordinarily one might freak out, but since moving to Arizona where snakes are plentiful, I have had several snake adventures, so no big deal. This particular one was a King Snake, non-venomous and highly desirable because they help control other varmints like mice, rats and even rattlesnakes. I must admit, my first reaction was “how can I kill this pest?” but then thought better of it because I knew this little one was worth more alive than dead. So with a little tact and moxie I was able to grab it behind the head and carry over to a safe place in the back of the yard. I watched it scurry away to hide in a bush out of the sun and out of harm’s way.
It is a surprisingly nice feeling to know that I was able to help maintain nature’s ecological balance for at least a little longer.
What’s the moral of this story? Perhaps as humans, we need to recognize the world is all around us and trying to make the world adapt to our values is probably counter to our own good.
Planning a move to North Scottsdale? It is a beautiful area, a desert paradise, but you must expect to share your realm with a few a nature’s natural inhabitants. But instead of trying to eliminate them, adjust your values and adapt to your new environment. I promise you, you will feel better about them and about yourself.
Want to know more about life in North Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree and the Desert Hills? I live and work the Desert Foothills area, just give me a call or visit: www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com