Juvenile Eastern Garter Snake - Thamnophis sirtalis by MotherNature

Juvenile Eastern Garter Snake - Thamnophis sirtalis by 

The Eastern Garter Snake is one of the most common snakes. They are reptiles and are, therefore, cold-blooded and enjoy basking in the sunshine to get warm. This picture was taken in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, USA, on August 20, 2012.

You can see how small this baby is by comparing it’s size to the leaves. Garter snakes can get to four feet long or more, eat bugs, small rodents and amphibians, and are non-venomous. They would rather run (or crawl) away from you than be seen. Like all youngsters, this baby was pretty trusting – inexperienced. It was trying to “taste” the air to figure out what I was and decide if it should flee. Their tongues are sensory organs that, for lack of a better description, smell what is nearby. The tongue is not sharp and cannot hurt you.

Snakes are not slimy! They are cool and smooth and dry. Do not fear them! They are good. Every wild animal needs to be respected and understood and treated as part of our natural world.

Find a little more info at:


I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

View Full Profile


  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • vigor
    vigorover 2 years ago

    He’s so cute, great capture!

  • He is real cute, isn’t he:>) Thanks for liking him and double thanks for the FAVE!

    – MotherNature

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 2 years ago

    A superb capture

  • So glad you like this little guy (or gal)! Thanks for the comment and the fave:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Tarrby
    Tarrbyover 2 years ago

    Excellent timing, it’s difficult to get them with their tongues out.

  • Thank you, Tarrby:>) He was so adorable and was trying so desperately to figure me out.

    – MotherNature

  • labaker
    labakerabout 1 year ago

    Nice capture :)

  • Thank you, Larry. He (she?) was an adorable baby snake:>)

    – MotherNature

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.