The Best Garter Snake Photos of the Year

Common Garter by EmeryO Recently, I put together a gallery of photos on Flickr that represented, I thought, some of the best in garter snake photography from the past year. There are 16 photos (so far; I have room for two more), taken from March to October, covering the continent from New England and Quebec to the Pacific Coast. Common Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) make the most appearances, but there are a few Western Terrestrial Garter Snakes (T. elegans) and one photo of Two-striped Garter Snakes (T. hammondii). They’ve been caught emerging from hibernation, eating, and engaging in courtship. Some of the photos you will remember from this article. And lest you think all of these photos were taken by pros with expensive gear, many of these awesome shots were taken with consumer-grade cameras. Enjoy!