Hiking for snakes

We got to play tourist again, today, this time heading out to visit the snake dens.  It turned out to be a fairly cool day, so I wasn’t expecting to see very many.  We did see quite a few, though nothing at all like when they first emerge in the spring.

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We saw many along the paths, including some we only saw because they moved when we got too close for their comfort.  More than a few times, we would look ahead and wonder; were we looking at a bunch of snakes up ahead?  Or a bunch of twigs?  Sometimes, it would be both.  Other times, we would see a big branch on the path ahead, only to have it move and turn out to be a huge female (female garter snakes are MUCH bigger than the males).

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The dens were filled with huge burdock and nettles, and one of them had snakes draped all over the place!

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A few were climbing trees, too.

I’m glad we were able to make the trip while the weather is still holding.  While going in the spring is much more dramatic, I rather like that we had the entire area, all to ourselves!  It made the hike much more enjoyable.

Hmm…  I think living in the city for so long has really peopled me out. 😀

The Re-Farmer

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