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A different kind of slender predator

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So different in most ways from a damselfly, yet also a slender predator, is this blotched water snake, Nerodia erythrogaster transversa, that I saw leaving the pond at the Doeskin Ranch on August 31, 2012.

Reptiles have been scarce in these pages, and this is the first picture of a snake ever to appear here. As a bonus you get another look at the Chara algae that was drying out at the edge of the water on that summer day.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 15, 2013 at 6:14 AM

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