Saturday, April 2, 2011

Northern Water Snake

Patrick McMillan took us on a great Garden walk this morning (more sightings -birds, and plants- to come), but I was glad to see the family group of Northern Water Snakes that enjoy the sun on the rocks supporting the Duck Pond Dam.

I'd seen them yesterday, all curled up together.  But today, I had my camera along.  They moved around a bit, but finally one was photogenic!

Northern Water Snake (Nerodia spidedon)

Folks often think these snakes are water moccasins or cottonmouths (they don't live above the fall line of South Carolina, so aren't here in the Upstate).

1 comment:

Gardengirl said...

Patrick told us today a man came yesterday to show him a snake he had killed in the Garden - to "protect the children." Goodbye water snake.
We did see three today - a large one and two smaller.