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Feb 29th 2016 Eastern Water Snake by natureguy Feb 29th 2016 Eastern Water Snake by natureguy
HI, I found this one while out today. I had an appointment late this morning,so I took the day off from work. After lunch,I went out for a bit before the rain moved in, and found this one on the trail going into the marsh. Enjoy this one. I think it's a male,because the females are much larger.
 I'm still baffled as to why I'm seeing these this early..we've had a very mild winter,but they should still be sleeping for another 3 weeks. If we have a storm come in like they think this weekend..the turtles and snake I've found will have a tough time surviving.
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Guard-of-the-Citadel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016   Photographer
This one looks like it's been eating good! :)
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natureguy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, yeah it's in good shape. I'll bet it fed real good before going to sleep for the winter months.right now not much is out there for it to eat.Except for the spring peeper frogs, I haven't seen any of those yet.
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Sublime-Feline Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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natureguy Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, Thank you!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
We had our first rattler a few weeks ago too...we're still getting rain and cold, but not cold like you get...
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natureguy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Ruth, :wave: :hug:
 Yeah that's one thing I'm really glad about out here.. I don't have to worry about them Rattlers. It must be nerve racking to just go walking out in the country there, always looking down to make sure you don't step on one or get bit!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Great shot, good contrast between the snake and the leaves!
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natureguy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, Thank you very much!
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MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Yikes! The females are larger? Wonderful capture!
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natureguy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Penny! Thank You!
 Yeah they are...about a 1/3 rd larger than the males on average.
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norse19 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Here in MN we are still locked up with ice. a lot of it too! 
We also have these and I've seen some that are huge! 4'-5' and thick!
They remind too much (at a glance) of the cotton mouth (water moccasin's) we used to have to avoid back in my Marine Corps days in NC.  
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natureguy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, yeah I've seen really big ones. Thankfully I don't have to worry about them "Moc's" as we don't have them up here!
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iriscup Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
Nice capture. Clap Hug 
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natureguy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, thank you Iris! :hug:
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XenverAxis Featured By Owner Edited Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, are they venomous? (I know nothing about snakes, haha!)
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natureguy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, Nope they are not.. but a big part of the marshes ecosystem.
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XenverAxis Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat!

Once I witnessed one eat a frog...
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tonysphotos Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Pretty early for snakes to be out also!
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natureguy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Tony, yup..maybe our calendars are screwed up... :rofl:

I think that since we've had so many warm spells and cold weather this winter without the snow pack, the ground is still somewhat warm.we didn't have a deep frost this year... so the snakes and turtles are able to come out early. I just hope they don't get killed by the cold temps and possible snow coming in this weekend.
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