Snakes in the backyard ...

twroszJune 28, 2014

Never had so many big garter snakes call my backyard home, I think there's six or seven of various sizes that inhabit the sun baked area along the bush.

These are large older mature snakes.

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twrosz

This one is very brightly colored in comparison.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 6:47PM
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twrosz

And all together now for a visit ....

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 6:49PM
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don555(3a)

That should keep the mice and voles at bay!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 7:51PM
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wayne

The faded ones are going to lose there outer skin soon and the biggest are all females.

This post was edited by wayne61 on Sat, Jun 28, 14 at 20:11

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 8:01PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

There are quite a few around here this year. I don't mind them (except when one eats my favourite toad). Dh hates them, though.

Yesterday, there was one at a playground where i was with the kids. We saw a large one and someone told my 3 1/2 year old grandson to pick it it up. He looked at it for awhile and then said, "I not pick that up." LOL

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 8:07PM
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twrosz

Don, I should tell them to go under the deck where the mice like to hang out!

Wayne ... okay, that explains the dull coloring and cloudy eyes of the two picutured.

Marcia, yes, their favorite food must be frogs, sometimes I'll hear a frog calling out in distress as its being consumed by a snake :(

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 9:51PM
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beegood_gw

Gee Thats kind of neat .Haven't seen one around here in years let alone a whole whopping bunch of them .

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 10:15PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Awesome! I love snakes and own four corn snakes. Wayne's right about them being about to shed. To snake people it's called being blue, or in blue. The bright one probably just shed recently.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 10:23PM
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donna_in_sask

I'm not a snake person...still traumatized from the time I found one coiled up in my rhubarb patch. I didn't go near that area for months.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 11:55PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

OMG, if I saw them in my yard I would totally freak out....! Sorry, I am just not a snake person at all!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 2:45AM
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weeper_11(2b SK)

We always have lots of garters in our flower bed that wraps around the house. I've never found one in the basement, thank goodness. We have soooo many mice and voles, I'm always happy to see a snake slither by!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 3:21PM
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Slimy_Okra(2b)

Never seen them around here but I sure would like some! Can you send me a few?

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 11:01PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Great find again!..You seem to get all these exotic creatures
this year! I know,.. some years back to got some at the house.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 3:48PM
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twrosz

Slimy_Okra ... sure, I have sooo many that I could send you some ... I can air mail them, snakes on a plane, lol.

Konrad, I guess they must like the nearby reserve area where the salamanders also live.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 2:02AM
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twrosz

This guy got a bit tooo close and the poor thing was stalked for lunch. The entrapped frog was letting out a high pierced cry that was actually very mournfully sad to hear, I felt like intervening as he sorrowfully pleaded for his life. I didn't think the snake could down such a big frog, though he then turned the frog on his side and the poor froggie started going in surprisingly fast :(

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 11:19PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Great showing!...looks like you live in the chungle!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 12:06AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Great capture. Makes the garden snake look like a monster!

SCG

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 10:15AM
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Jon

Oh, most snakes are harmless.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 10:25AM
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