Narcisse Garter Snakes Out Early

Garter snakes at the Narcisse Snake Pits in Manitoba - May 12, 2012 Last month the Winnipeg Free Press reported that the spring emergence of Red-sided Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis) from the famous Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba was a couple of weeks early this year. The emergence gets its share of news coverage each year. Travel writer Bob Ecker’s tale of his trip to the dens appeared, in somewhat different versions, in the Globe and Mail and the Napa Valley Register.

Stan Milosevic has posted photos of this year’s emergence on Flickr.