Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NATURE NOTES and a WARNING, if you don't like SNAKES this is not for you.


 Back in the beginning of April Gregg and I went to Huntley Meadows.  It is a place we have been to often over the years and I have shared about it before.  If you would like to see those other visits, you can click on the Huntley Meadows label below this post.


 Whenever we saw a group of people staring into the undergrowth we would join them to see what they were staring at.  Today was the day for snakes.  In fact, there have been many visits where we would see none but on this particular day we saw many. 


We were told by someone that these are Ribbon Snakes.


 An eastern ribbon snake, or common ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus) is a subspecies of ribbon snake found in the northeastern United States.  It averages 16-35 inches (41-89 cm) in length.





I think the snake below may be a garter snake, only because on this page here it shows you the difference.  On the eye of the ribbon snake there is a small white marking in front of the eye, whereas a garter snake does not.   I am by no means an expert but it's fun trying to learn these things after seeing so many of them, and I enjoyed reading the information at that link.



 I have absolutely no clue what this one is.  Can anyone ID it for me?   


 And no, I wasn't that close when taking any of these photos.






As you can see, the park was very busy the day we went.  It is unusual for us to go on a Saturday and there were a lot of parents with children interested in those snakes.  It is how we spotted them in the first place.  I think this area is a marvelous place for introducing young ones to nature. 



I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes Thanks for hosting such a fun meme Michelle, and an educational one also as it makes me look further than the end of my nose!


26 comments:

  1. Awesome shots of the snakes. These are all cute. At least when viewed from a safe distance. Have a great day!

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  2. I hate snakes and am totally scared of them. Also for me, they are too closely tied up with Satan.

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  3. HI Denise These are awesome shots of the snakes especially the one looking directly into the camera. I amaazed at all the people with children in the area.

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  4. Fabulous, fascinating post. If you didn't get that close to the snakes, you must have a very good zoom and an extremely steady hand - the close-ups are excellent. We don't get too many snakes in the UK - I think just 3 species? None in Ireland - they were banished!

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  5. I do not mind the snakes as long as they are not close.. I think the last one maybe the black rat snake..Great shots, I enjoyed my one visit to Huntley Meadows. Have a happy day!

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  6. I don't mind snakes... er... to look at, although I did once hold one. I couldn't believe how lovely they felt. I would be a bit wary out in the wilds though.

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  7. Awesome shots of those pretty snakes.

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  8. Love not much snakes, but your shots are wonderfull.

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  9. so very cute! as long as they have round pupils. :)

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  10. I dont like snakes at all yet they seem to fascinate us don't they.

    Great images.

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  11. awesome shots!! i think the black one is a black rat snake, harmless. it looks so cold out, i'm surprised the snakes were out, or was this on a different day?

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  12. I think those are so cool! and it looks like a great place to commune with nature .....love that boardwalk!

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  13. Since I began photography, I am no longer squeamish about snakes. I have some ribbon and water snake shots I have been holding back because I know most of my followers no likey. :) These are awesome and I really love the close-up of the face. Nice job!

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  14. I like snakes, from a distance. Great shots!

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  15. They're beautiful snakes. And I like snakes- they do a good job taking care of mice and other pests.

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  16. I wasn't a fan of snakes as a child, but after raising 2 boys, I learned to appreciate them. These are great shots of the snakes! I can't guess the mystery one. The ribbon snake is aptly names.

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  17. So glad I don't have these in my garden...

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  18. How cute those two are together. I don't think I've ever called a snake "cute" before. Glad to see no photographers were harmed in the filming of this blog! ;)

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  19. Wonderful photos of the snakes - they are interesting creatures and I don't mind them at all. So beneficial to the environment, too. This looks like a great place to explore! - Karen

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  20. What wonderful slithery shots! What I love most is you caught them behaving socially. So cool!

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  21. I've never seen a ribbon snake, but we do have some garter snakes around the house.

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  22. the first one reminds me of a smaller one my brother had as a pet.

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  23. Such a special place Denise. No wonder its so popular with families :D)

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  24. The little ribbon snake is beautiful. You can tell by their rounded noses that neither of these shy creatures is poisonous.

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  25. Great pictures -- how cool is it that you got one where he actually posed ... looking right at you!

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  26. Fascinating and gorgeous shots!

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