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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Wandering garter snake

A Wandering Garter Snake slid across the rock by my feet.  Read more...

17 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

The most common garter snake here is the Western or the Northern with an orange stripe from head to end of body. I like Garter Snakes but don't see too many out here. the last house I lived in awhile back seemed to have lots hanging around. I tried to talk to them (as an experment) and when they started talking back ......LOL!!! I did post one a few days ago though. MB

Jazz said...
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Jazz said...

Sorry, blogger screwed up my comment.

So, ours have a yellow belly, black back and a white stripe down their back. They're very pretty they are.

I have no problem picking them up. Actually last summer one was sunning itself on the woodpile, I got up close to it and it lifted its head and I swear I was able to pet it, it just stayed there. When I stopped, it looked at me again and left. I'm a snake charmer. It was quite bizarre.

Here's a pic. For some reason Blogger won't let me make the hyperlink...
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Garter_snake_close_up_northern_ontario_canada.jpg

Abraham Lincoln said...

We have at least one but I suspect more. They do their share in keeping small animals and insects and worms in their place.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

So far as I know we do not have a garter snake, but if you wore nylons we have a ladder snake:) I am a snake fan, always had a soft spot for them but also a LOT of respect. Diane

Bibi said...

Garter snakes were all around in our Pennsylvania surroundings. I think they were blacker than yours. My grandmother always said they were harmless, but of course, I wasn't about to pick one up either.

Natural Moments said...

Sometimes I see garder snakes with yellow and even green on them. We touched a variety of snakes this summer. I used to handle a few types, but have not had the urge to pick any up lately. The most interesting type seen for us was the black rat snake and they even climbed trees. They were huge.

christine said...

They like a dryer climate... snakes are important residents. I like to look at them.

Diane AZ said...

Nice snake pics. The garter snakes around here are dark green with yellow stripes. I've seen people handling them, but I let them be.

blog with no name said...

Snakes... And you said pocket gophers were the ones that made the casts... This one's just a baby, it'll get a hundred times the size I just know it...

Barb said...

This seems so BIG for a garter - I wouldn't pick up ANY snake either! Photos are OK, though...

Janie said...

Ours look very similar to yours, and we see them pretty often on the trails around here. We even saw a tiny one slithering around in the box with the sprinkler valves in our yard! I avoided sticking my hand down there until he was gone.

Al said...

I found a garter snake right outside my front door last year. I put a photo of it on my blog at http://alsphotographyblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/snake.html - I also didn't want to pick it up, although I'm not very worried about snakes. It looks very similar to yours.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What surprises me is that they can be found in the middle of city gardens sometimes. Probably a good thing as they then eat whatever mice there might be around.

Gotta agree with you there my friend. Even though I know these things are not harmful, I would not pick one up. LOL!!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Ours are a little darker than yours but the same color.

Rambling Woods said...

Ours are kind of multi-colored..I didn't know about the saliva..Interesting...

Firefly said...

Not sure if we have garter snakes. But I get shivers down the spine when I see any snake.

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