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13-OCT-2013 Christine Hanrahan

Garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

Ferguson Forest. We came across a small group of garter snakes, some basking in the warmth of the sun. They were near a hole under a tree, and clearly it was their intended hibernaculum. One went inside and stayed while we were there, two others circled the tree endlessly but remained outside, and two more were lying still near the entrance. It was fascinating to watch. This one was a smallish garter snake, one of the two that was circling constantly. Garter snakes are harmless. The tongue flicking is not a sign of anything other than trying to figure out what is going on... they 'smell' with their tongue.

Panasonic LUMIX FZ200
1/500s f/2.8 at 33.0mm iso100 full exif

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Len19-Oct-2013 14:05
Like this - Great capture!!!V.
Irene Wehrli16-Oct-2013 15:40
Fascinating indeed - what a great shot Christine!
Esa Ervasti16-Oct-2013 13:16
Beautiful capture and story of the sunny fall day...
Don16-Oct-2013 02:00
Superb photo, Christine! The snake is wonderful and so is the setting, half-hidden among the leaves.
Fabienne15-Oct-2013 19:03
C'est une superbe image et faite juste à temps avec sa langue qui s'agite.
Ulla Kruys15-Oct-2013 13:52
What a beauty! Great timing and well composedtoo! V
Ika Zinka Eferl15-Oct-2013 05:44
Wonderful captured!V!
slhoornstra14-Oct-2013 23:59
Stunning!!! BV
Carl Carbone14-Oct-2013 23:39
I love seeing them like this. Great shot.
laine14-Oct-2013 23:25
Nosy little GS and a great shot....
Raymond14-Oct-2013 23:17
A very beautiful shot of this little snake in its natural habitat, great shot
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet14-Oct-2013 23:10
Fantastic capture.
Sam Rua14-Oct-2013 22:42
Nice comp and capture.
Terry Sprague14-Oct-2013 22:11
Awesome! I'm still loving the greenness of your local garters! VV
pkocinski14-Oct-2013 21:52
YIKES ! I'm out of here... :-)
jychamberland14-Oct-2013 21:47
very nice find capture Christine!
Jim Coffman14-Oct-2013 21:41
Great timing! Very nice capture!
Helen Betts14-Oct-2013 21:33
Must have been a very curious garter snake, then, with that tongue! A wonderful composition and great detail. V.
LynnH14-Oct-2013 21:30
One of my favorites to find when I was a kid! I like the photo with the leaves surrounding him. V
John Reynolds LRPS14-Oct-2013 21:14
Must have been an amazing sight. V.
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