Crow’s Nest: Sleepy snake

September 12, 2016

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager


It’s Monday morning; maybe you’re not the only one trying to sleep in?

This garter snake was found snoozing in the garden in the location where a raised bed (the last for the vegetable garden at the visitor center) is to be built. Once it woke up it didn’t stick around long!

For scale this juvenile is about the diameter of a pencil, and maybe 50% longer in length. There were also a lot of crickets hanging around in the same area, suggesting a potential food source. The cloudy eye suggests that this snake is preparing to shed its skin; the eye covering is a scale that is shed with its skin.