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I am not sure what they were doing, but these two snakes were very much involved in dance steps done together…even as I parted the branches to get a better look!
My knowledge of snakes is limited, I know they make me queasy, and that is about it…but I had to get closer to see if I could figure out what they were up to. Guess I am a voyeur!
Photographed in the Bashakill Wetlands, Wurtsboro, New York, USA
***These are ribbon snakes, totally harmless, and part of the Garter Snake family, but much larger, growing to be about 12-25 long, their tail making up one third of its body structure. They live by wetlands, streams, and still ponds, and breed in the spring-so I guess I am not a voyeur!*

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  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsabout 4 years ago

    what an incredible capture Pam!!!! how fabulous… for the snakes as well. lol :))))

  • Thanks much, found out they are ribbon snakes and harmless!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Carol2
    Carol2about 4 years ago

    Outstanding find and capture, Pamela!!

  • Thanks much Carol!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.about 4 years ago

    Uhhhhh you got me scared there but it’s a stunning pic!

  • Thanks, found out they are harmless!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • artfulvistas
    artfulvistasabout 4 years ago

    What a great image!

  • Thanks so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterabout 4 years ago

    I think all photographers have to be voyeurs of some kind especially in nature. You have more courage this I would have! Dee

  • Just glad there is a stabilizer on this camera…I shook! Thanks Dee!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    How wonderful! Lovely image – worth getting a bit queasy for!

  • Yes, it was actually! Thank you!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant image, love your description

  • Thanks much, it was interesting!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 4 years ago

    Awesome find!!

  • The unexpected for sure!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 4 years ago

    eeewww, lol excellent capture

  • Yowsa, yowsa, yowsa! LOL!

    – Pamela Phelps

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