18 May 2005

Snake's tails 2



This is an eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis), a nonpoisonous species. I ccasionally come across them usually near creeks in Black Hill Regional Park, Germantown, Maryland. I photographed this one in May 2000. It was about a half a meter long (the tulip poplar leaf provides a scale).

Thamnophis sirtalis is a widespread species with many color forms. For more information, try these links.

http://www.gartersnake.info/species/T_sirtalis.phtml
http://www.uga.edu/srelherp/snakes/thasir.htm

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