Warming up

Over the last two weeks we have returned again and again to a spot in the bog where we’ve found multiple garter snakes basking in the sun.  We presume this is the location of a winter hibernaculum or den and we are lucky to witness the snakes waking up to spring sunshine.  They are difficult to count, both because of their camouflage and also their ability to weave in, under and back out of the leaf litter.  We have to count heads to be certain to get an accurate count.  Yesterday we saw nine!

a gravid garter?  two garters