Monday, August 31, 2009

Reptiles of the Riverbank

Tame and harmless, the Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) is a common denizen of our fields and gardens. This one measured a little over a foot long, a fully grown snake can exceed two feet.

A smaller snake, only a few inches long.

Another youngster, a Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina). When fully grown this turtle can measure over two feet in length and weigh in at 70 lbs ... and needless to say it won't be as docile and easy to handle.