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Harmless garter snake, or Jurassic Park fugitive?  Animal,Colubridae,Common Garter Snake,Eastern Garter Snake,Garter snake,Geotagged,Natricinae,Nature,New York State,Oatka Creek Park,Reptile,Rochester,Scaled Reptile,Scottsville,Serpentes,Snake,Squamata,Thamnophis,Thamnophis sirtalis,Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. I really like the low angle and depth caused by the dry leafs, it gives suspense to the scene. Posted 3 years ago
    1. I was quite happy with this shot, and generally my entire trip this day.
      It was the first time I ever visited Oatka Creek Park, so I had no real idea what I would be in for. I nearly walked right by this den of snakes, but thankfully I walked just close enough to startle one of them, which helped me spot them.
      There were about 10 of them around. They all seemed a little nervous with my presence at first, but they seemed to relax fairly quickly. After I got a feel for how they were moving around, I lied down nearby and started taking low shots. I took one shot that I wasn't exceptionally happy with, but it gave me the idea of taking advantage of the leaves to hide the snakes behind. So, I stuck around for a while, shifting angles and managed to get this guy just right. I think the only thing that could make me happier with the shot is if that one leaf wasn't covering his cheek.
      Posted 3 years ago
      1. Excellent that you took the time to try out different angles! Posted 3 years ago

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The Eastern Garter Snake is a medium-sized snake that is indigenous to North America.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Joe Spandrusyszyn
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By Joe Spandrusyszyn

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Uploaded May 7, 2016. Captured in 1043-1113 Scottsville Mumford Rd, Scottsville, NY 14546, USA.
  • ILCE-6300
  • f/18.0
  • 1/100s
  • ISO800
  • 0.00735294mm