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Thamnophis sirtalis
The Common Garter Snake, common and widespread in New Hampshire, is a small striped snake measuring 18-26 inches. It has variable color patterns but typically has 2-3 yellow, brownish, or greenish stripes running vertically down the top and sides of the snake. May also have variable black spots between the stripes.
Found in a variety of habitats including woodlands, hillsides, wetlands, backyards, and even urban areas. Will use a variety of cover objects for shelter including rocks, logs, stumps and other debris.
Breeding may occur in spring or fall. Ten to 40 live young are born from July to September. Hibernation may be solitary or communal in rock crevices, holes, stumps, or foundations. Information from New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

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Anya JingleGreat!

Anya Jingle

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Wow, what a shot! It's almost like he is posing for you.
Greetings, Anya.
Posted Jul 12, 2008 4:33 pm

sunfishRe: Great!

sunfish

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Hiya Anya!

Yes, he sure did keep his eye on me but didn't want to leave the sun-warmed rocks he was on. Most of the snakes around here are harmless and fun to run across (but never over!).

s.
Posted Jul 12, 2008 5:28 pm

lcarreauLooks like the

lcarreau

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snake is saying:
"Thanks for not 'treading' on me!"
Posted Jul 12, 2008 8:54 pm

sunfishRe: Looks like the

sunfish

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Or ramming a Humvee a mile up a mountain trail to run him over!
Posted Jul 12, 2008 9:13 pm

Dow Williamscommon snake...

Dow Williams

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but what an uncommon pic...good job! cheers
Posted Jul 19, 2008 8:12 am

sunfishRe: common snake...

sunfish

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Thanks Dow, I was fortunate he let me get close enough to take the shot.
Posted Jul 19, 2008 4:45 pm

Dow WilliamsRe: common snake...

Dow Williams

Voted 10/10

they could not publish a better photo showing this snake in a wildlife journal....just took another look reading your response...very cool
Posted Jul 19, 2008 5:43 pm

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sunfishSubmitted by sunfish
on Jul 12, 2008 8:22 am

Image ID: 420522
Hits: 1974 
Lat/Lon: 43.66377°N / 71.89101°W
Object Title: Thamnophis sirtalis

Image Type(s): Wildlife