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.
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