Garter snake head grass WMThere aren’t many places in Canada that you can find snakes easily so it was nice to see at least a few every day we were in the park.  They have to be very hardy to tolerate the long, cold winters here and camouflage is equally important to surprise their prey and avoid predators.  Unless they bolt from cover or are out moving around it can be incredibly difficult to find them.

This garter snake crossed in front of me while I was driving and I had to slam on the breaks and swerve to avoid hitting it. I got out to make sure I hadn’t hit it and found it happily slithering along the grass on its way to a marsh.

Garter snake moving away WM