Saturday, June 03, 2017

Snakes in the.....


Water! When we visit the locks to look for birds we often find reptiles as well. We discovered that some of the piles of dirt that we see are probably Snapping turtle nests, which would certainly fit as we see plenty of snappers.

Big ones.



We also see a plethora of Northern Water Snakes. The bank is often swarming with them in fact...some of them are apparently busy making little water snakes. 

They are bold and not much bothered by our presence. Seems they eat fish and the like and the canal is teeming with sunfish, so there is plenty on the menu. Glad I have outgrown my penchant for capturing long, skinny reptiles, as they are reputed to be quite pugnacious. 

4 comments:

joated said...

"pugnacious" is a fair description. I've found them to be more apt to stand their ground than most other snakes--even the poisonous ones.

Linda said...

I don't like to touch them, although I don't mind some snakes. They do a fair amount of good.

Cathy said...

Dang. Guess I'll never have the "pleasure" making contact with one of these critters :)

threecollie said...

Joated, they certainly aren't very afraid of us.

Linda, there are more snakes along the canal here than I have seen in one place ever!

Cathy, I sure don't mess with them. lol They are just kinda there.