This week was a time for low, slithering creatures. I probably would have walked right by this garter snake if didn't have its head lying on bright green moss - the rest of its body is very well camouflaged. It is pretty long, as it tail extends all the way to the left of the picture. It remained still as I approached, though it was checking me out with its tongue.
Snakes smell by sticking out their tongue, which captures molucules in the air, then brings them in and places it tongue against its olfactory nerves on the roof of its mouth.
I also found a couple of red-backed salamanders hiding under some rocks, and another painted turtle was laying eggs right in our driveway.
|Eastern Red-backed Salamander|