Eastern Garter Snake

A sure sign of spring is when I see the garter snakes emerging and looking to mate. I went out after work, but it was starting to cool down. I did find a few garter snakes, but not the numbers that my friend Clint had reported earlier in the day. He found over 20 individuals, including a breeding ball of 5 or 6 snakes. Hopefully I will have similar luck over the weekend.

Eastern Garter Snake

Eastern Garter Snake

Quest for Hognose (Heterodon platirhinos)

I was out travelling with my friend Clint today looking for wildlife to photograph. The one species of Ontario snake at the top of our list to see in the wild is the Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos). While driving up a curved hill we spotted a snake on the road close to the edge. Clint pulled over to the shoulder as soon as he safely could, and we sprinted down the hill. As we approached, we quickly realized that the car directly behind us had clipped it. We took a few photos and left heartbroken. Hopefully our second ecounter is just around the corner and will have a happier ending.

Eastern Hognose Snake, Heterodon platirhinos (copyright Stewart Stick)

Eastern Hognose Snake, Heterodon platirhinos (copyright Stewart Stick)

Eastern Hognose Snake, Heterodon platirhinos (copyright Stewart Stick)

Eastern Hognose Snake, Heterodon platirhinos (copyright Stewart Stick)