Apr 262016
 

On April 14, at around 4:00 PM, I stopped at the corner of Woodland Drive and the Lakefield Highway because the spring peepers, chorus and leopard frogs were calling. I walked to the edge of the water on the north side of Woodland. I was standing on the shoulder of the road looking at the water when I glanced down and discovered that I was surrounded by several slowly untangling garter snake mating balls. With all the traffic noise and vibrations, I caught them off guard. I was afraid they would head out on the road and be run over so I slowly stepped back. As soon as I did they quickly fled down holes in the shoulder of the road that I had been standing on.

Sue Paradisis

Mating ball of garter snakes - Wikimedia

Mating ball of garter snakes – Wikimedia

Eastern Garter Snake - Joe Crowley

Eastern Garter Snake – Joe Crowley