Museum of Riverside
HAPPY SNAKEPATRICK'S DAY!
There were never snakes in Ireland. The last glaciation in the Northern Hemisphere about 15,000 years ago made sure of that. Serpents were an allegory for the supposed evils of Celtic paganism when St. Patrick established Catholicism in Ireland and drove them out. But don’t worry, because do you know who has snakes? Riverside does! A dozen different species have been recorded just within city limits, and many more species county-wide. None of our urban snakes are poisonous, though one--the shy and relatively docile Red Diamond Rattlesnake (a protected species)--is significantly venomous but rarely bites. From the friendly Rosy Boa to the elusive Coast Night Snake and the Brahminy Blind Snake (an accidental Asian immigrant to California), they make Riverside a wonderful place – if you love snakes like we do.