Then, last Sunday, in preparation for a walk, we connected with two friends who had bought a house along "my" creek adjacent to the preserve. The previous owner of the house loved and protected all wildlife in her yard, including some pretty fearsome northern water snakes (Nerodia sipedon sipedon) that liked to coil up and sun themselves on the rocks lining her walkway. I asked our friends/the new owners if the snakes were still there, and they led me to the top of the steep streambank and encouraged me to look over the edge.
There, on a flat rock at the water's edge, were two of the snakes.
|Northern Water Snakes along the creek; look on the light gray rock center right bottom|
|Serpents close up|