Black-Necked Garter Snake Sniffs the Air

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That’s right. They actually sniff the air with their tongues. Amazing, eh?

Black-Necked Garter Snake
Non venomous, and usually grow 18 to 30 inches.

From Wikipedia:
" Common names: blackneck garter snake, black-neck garter snake

Thamnophis cyrtopsis, the blackneck garter snake, is a species of garter snake of the genus Thamnophis,1 mainly found near water in mountainous or hilly areas of the southwestern United States and Mexico.2"

There are 5 subspecies of this snake.

“Found near water in desertscrub, grasslands, chaparral, woodland environments.5

It is active during the day and during twilight activities, and occasionally at night, hibernating from late fall to winter and mating in late spring or summer.5

Hunts in rivers for small fish, amnphibians, other snakes, and invertebrates, such as earthworms."

As I walked around the Day Lilies in the Botanical Gardens, I found I was a bit late to get great Day Lily photos, but I almost stepped on this lovely little snake!

This little snake was peaceful and charmed as I spoke kindly to him. The little tongue is actually used to smell.

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