Speaking of sexy animals, here’s a shy, handsome fellow I spent some quality time with earlier today — the utterly common Eastern Garter Snake. This one was about 18 inches long.
I live in an orgy of snakes. I don’t know quite what it is, but in addition to an almost seething groundcover of garters from spring thaw to fall frost, I’ve caught a brief, surprised glimpse of a (quite rare for this area) Black Racer at the wood pile, mortally injured a Ribbon Snake with a tractor (poor guy!), and spent several lovely minutes with a 3 ft. long Milk Snake while walking the dog.
Me and the local reptiles. We’re like this.