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To answer the snake part of it, looking at some information on different websites and your vague description about color (dark brown to all shade till black), I can take a few guesses. It can be either of the list below: Northern or Southern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae or Charina umbratica) Western Yellow-bellied Racer (Coluber constrictor mormon) One of ...


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There are many different cranes, so more details about the color and size would be helpful. It is normal behavior, so I'm not surprised you encountered it. My first thought is a sandhill crane. They're found in California, and have snakes as a regular part of their diet. I'm not sure about the snake part of your question, but will do some research and see ...



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