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Common Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis

Description:

This snake has a pattern of yellow stripes on a brown or green background. This one was small - maybe 15 inches long.

Habitat:

This snake was hanging over the edge of a small frog pond that had green frogs in it. It was watching one frog in particular while flicking its tongue for at least 10 minutes. It finally gave up and slithered away.

Notes:

Here's the spotting of the frog it was watching: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/488...

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13 Comments

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Thank you Jim!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 4 years ago

Great job on the spotting and photos, Christine!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Thanks Lauren and António!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Beautiful shot! Congratulations!

Beautiful series Christine,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Thanks Mark and Felix! I was fortunate to be there at the right time. Thank you Daniele for SOTD!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Great spotting Christine. Congrats!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Well deserved! Congrats.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Christine, this great series and notes is our Spotting of the Day!

"Check out the tongue on this Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis), our Spotting of the Day! The common garter snake is indigenous to North America and is largely distributed across the continent. From our member Christine Y's notes: "This snake was hanging over the edge of a small frog pond that had green frogs in it. It was watching one frog in particular while flicking its tongue for at least 10 minutes. It finally gave up and slithered away". Chemical senses play an important role in the behavior of snakes. Tongue-flicking is a behavior used by snakes to gather and deliver chemical substances to their vomeronasal organ, an auxiliary olfactory sense organ that is found in many animals"

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Thanks Hema :)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

superb!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Thanks Graham!

Graham Monroe
Graham Monroe 4 years ago

That's really beautiful photography!

Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Sharon, Connecticut, United States

Spotted on Jun 21, 2017
Submitted on Jun 21, 2017

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