Monday, April 18, 2005


We found these yesterday in a marsh system at the headwaters of one of the Sound's small tributaries.

My guess is that the spotted turtle hatched last year.


We thought the snake was a garter but the books I checked when I got home indicated that it might be a ribbon snake, which is much more rare (garters and ribbons are the same genus, Thamnophis). I've sent the photo to a herpetologist who I hope will set me straight.


Update, 11:45 a.m. -- It's a common garter snake.


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