I was very surprised to see this Garter Snake coming out of the Evergreen Tree and showing that he was right there near me! Usually, Garter Snakes are very shy, and will avoid humans like me and any animal contact. They love being by themselves ALONE! They do come out at daytime and nighttime. Many times we will not even know a Garter Snake is slithering near us in our garden, in the yard, or where ever it wants to go. These particular snakes are easy to identify, and they come in a wide variety of colors, but what makes them easy to know they are Garter Snakes is the three stripes running down their bodies. Now the color is based on what species it is. These snake are small but they have a length of 23 to 30 inches. Some can be in the length of five feet long, but very rare. Also, they have a stout body with a ridge down the center of their back.
This Garter Snake loved being in trees because it’s a great place to hide from ground predators. These predators could be Raccoons, Foxes, Squirrels, Skunks, Hawks, Crows, Ravens and many others. Also they like to be in trees to eat insects, maybe birds and their eggs if there is a nest available in the tree. Soon this particular Garter Snake slid quickly out of the Evergreen. Then I saw it slithering into a hole near our house. They can live in tree hollows, under logs, leaf litter, near or under rocks, and even burrows that have been abandoned by other animals. Their home is where they lay eggs, hide from predators, use for their shelter, and even hunt for food underground.
Well, I could not find the Snake now, it is safe in its home and maybe I will see it again. I was so surprised to see this snake so boldly in the Evergreen tree, it knew it had to go quickly out of it to a safe place and that’s what it did immediately!
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