20 September 2010

Eastern Smooth Green Snake climbing a Prickly Ash (ouch!)

I'm sure this smooth green snake could tempt me to eat forbidden fruit if he wanted. I've always been a sucker for a Kermit the Frog face. He climbed the prickly ash after we intruded on the sunny trail where he had been warming himself. We don't often see snakes in trees in this part of the world (Eastern Ontario) - perhaps we're just not looking for them. I have seen a garter snake on the side of a large maple trunk before, but this guy was practically defying gravity on the skinny branches. He is considerably bigger than the only other smooth green snake I've ever seen. I'm pretty sure he is at least 60 cm long.

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