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Eastern Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis


Most garter snakes have a pattern of yellow stripes on a brown or green background and their average length is about 50 cm (20 in), maximum about 125 cm (49 in)


N. America


I spotted this along the Bruce Trail in Jordan Valley. It stayed very still while I was photographing it.

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KarenL 10 years ago

Fun fact! Most snakes have poor eyesight and rely on their senses of smell and touch to survive. Although they have nostrils to breathe with, snakes smell with their tongues; when a snake flicks out its tongue, it is collecting scents from the air around it, and when retracted, the forks touch the Jacobson's organ (a special sensory organ on the roof of the mouth), which identifies the scent, enabling the snake to recognize potential predators or prey.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks harsuame, Asier and Arthur!

ArthurTiutenko 11 years ago

Beautiful photograph!

Asief Abdi
Asief Abdi 11 years ago

Nice shot!!!...

rutasandinas 11 years ago

Grandiosa imagen

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks Lealiki!

LealikiKanoa 11 years ago


Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks everyone!

ReannaDee 12 years ago

Very nice shots Dan. :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 12 years ago

Awesome set of pictures, Dan!

LarsKorb 12 years ago

high quality as usual - fantastic shots, Dan

JulieGoodbloodClark 12 years ago

OMG!!!! SICK!!!!!!!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks everyone. Yes, Ashish, I was blowing gently in its direction trying to get him to show his tongue.

HemantKumar 12 years ago

wow love this red gr8 catch

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

It must be testing environment with tongue...!!

SandraH 12 years ago

beautiful snake and great capture :)

craigwilliams 12 years ago

Ha ha!

ceherzog 12 years ago

It's really funny to move quickly from photo 1 to photo 2....he jerks his wonderful forked-tongue right back in!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks Jeremy

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks Karen and Lisa.

LisaPowers 12 years ago

nice capture

KarenL 12 years ago

Great shot!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago


Pulkit.Singal 12 years ago

wow beautiful snake !!

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Oct 8, 2011
Submitted on Oct 9, 2011

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