Red-Sided Garter Snakes

Discussion in 'Birds' started by SteveK, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. SteveK

    SteveK

    Mar 16, 2005
    Alaska
    For a few years, I worked hard at finding the greatest concentrations of animals in North America. Northwest of Winnipeg, Manitoba in an area between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba there is a region of limestone topography. Sink holes in the limestone provide denning for masses of red-sided garter snakes. Indeed, the area has the highest concentration of snakes in the world. In late April or early May, sex starved males emerge first in mass and wait for the larger females to emerge. Once breeding occurs, the snakes disperse into marshy areas nearby. The snakes were the most docile snakes I've ever seen. When I was in the sinkholes with them, I literally had to keep picking up balls of snakes that crawled under me to prevent from harming them. I never had one attempt to bite or produce musk (a rather disagreeable thing garter snakes sometimes do). The cool thing, was something I didn't expect; you could hear the sound of all those scales rubbing together!

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  2. Indiana Jones would be proud of you Steve! :smile:
     
  3. :eek: Ughhhhh...:eek: I hate snakes! Your photo gives me the willy's!!! Mental note to self: do not ever, ever, ever go near that place!!!
     
  4. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    YIKESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I would have a heart attack or throw up...
    OMG I am so petrified of snakes.
    Yeah Yeah I know they are good and all that.. but not for me:>))
    What a great image though
     
  5. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I am with you Francois!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. SteveK

    SteveK

    Mar 16, 2005
    Alaska
    I like snakes.
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  7. Doug

    Doug

    Jan 17, 2006
    East TN
    holy garter snakes Batman. Whew!

    They had a house on a TV special this year, where all these snakes had declared it their den. The snakes came from miles around to den at this one place, then dispersed all around in good weather. Yikes, place gave me the willies too just on TV. I accidentally stepped over a black snake yesterday, I saw about 8" of it's body in the grass, and dang, I am sure it was a 4-6 footer likely judging from girth of snake. You talk about doing some high stepping. I bet I looked like a Tennessee Walking horse coming out of there. Photographing it was the last thing on my mind...

    I was just looking down to keep from breaking my neck, and falling into a stream 5-6 feet below a wall, I was walking the edge of wall and ground as it wasn't level up next to road. I was carrying tri-pod extended and camera on board over my shoulder. Didn't matter, I was steppin'!

    I'm with Gale and Francois! No snakes for me please! I fear bears, boars and snakes. I'll take the rest of the wildlife, oh and Brown Recluse, I don't fear the spider, but I do fear his BITE!
     
  8. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Well since I have seen first hand what the Brown recluse can do. I am afraid I am in the I don't like spiders camp to. Boy we have alot of them here. yikesss. They are so small you would never see them.
    I honestly would rather see a snake that run across a Brown Recluse bite..
    To many doctors do NOT know how to treat the bite from them.
    Ask Jim Fenton.
     
  9. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Steve I am glad you like snakes..lolol
    Love the pics.

    Don't think you would do that with a rattler:>))

    I think it is the lack of knowledge people have thats make us so afraid.
     
  10. Cool story and a great shot!! I can just imagine the ruzzling of all those scales!!!!
     
  11. O Boy that is filet minion to my red shoulder hawks:biggrin: :biggrin:
    Lou
     
  12. Doug

    Doug

    Jan 17, 2006
    East TN
    I'll bring some snakes and some knowledge over for you Gale, just give me an addy. :>)
     
  13. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    lol@Doug
    I will pass on that very generous offer. You are very kind:>))))))
     
  14. Timeout

    Timeout

    May 23, 2006
    SoCal
    Another "Where's Waldo" shot? Probably not a good idea to accidentally drop one's pet snake into the pile and try to retrieve same. :eek: When I see these kinds of snakes, it reminds me of Peewee Herman in that one movie where he goes running into a petshop that's on fire, to rescue the animals and there's one scene where he comes running out with a handful of snakes in each hand and of course he's making that nyaaaaahhhh!!! face.

    Lol, snakes in the hair ... instead of the proverbial being combed for lice, you'll have to be combed for snakes. :biggrin: Those are great shots, you look so happy when among snakes! I can just imagine how neat it was to hear the scales sliding sound.

    Steve, only if you didn't mind, may I ask what method/brand you use to convert slides/negatives into digital? I assume you have tons of shots from the non-digital age - thanks.
     
  15. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I just saw the snake in you hair in the first one...lololl
     
  16. Love the shot Steve! Never seen so many together.
     
  17. SteveK

    SteveK

    Mar 16, 2005
    Alaska
    I use a Nikon LS 4000 scanner to convert slides to digital.
     
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