Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 22 April 2015

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake;
Volusia county, Florida (22 April 2015).

A do love a narrow depth of field with a slick snake staring down my lens. This is one of our fantastically bluish-green Eastern garter snakes in Volusia county, Florida, giving me a bit of the stare down. Garters are pretty rowdy snakes, at times, but certainly aren’t something to be terrified of. As a kid in the 70s and early 80s, garters were among the most popular of pet snakes. I’m not sure if that trend still persists today (I think Ball pythons have taken the lead), but, as always, I prefer the wild ones — like this. What an absolute festival of attitude and color to come across while trekking about Florida’s already-vibrant tangles of undergrowth and foliage.

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