Frogs and Snakes

Volume 6, Issue 74; 23 Aug 2003

More herps from the backyard.

Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?

Indiana Jones

As I mentioned before, my love for herps started with a garter snake. This little fellow is the Eastern subspecies of Thamnophis sirtalis, the only kind we get in these parts. Some of the other subspecies are more brilliantly hued.

Here we see him on “son of super fungus”. This little outcrop is about the size of my fist, much smaller than the basketball sized organism I alluded to before.

This is an immature snake, born this year, perhaps, or last. At full size, he'd make a quick meal out of either of our little froggy friends here.

This Wood Frog, closer to full size, is a better example of the species than my previous attempt.

The Pickerel Frog, Rana palustris is new to this list. He bears a certain similarity to the Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens, which is a little less common locally.


They look so cute in pictures, but I don't like to meet either of them in real life. I looked them up because I wondered why I had seen so many frogs and two garters in one day, and I hadn't seen a snake in years before yesterday. Doesn't mean they weren't around, of course. This is Michigan and it has been very rainy this Spring and Summer. I can understand it for frogs, but how about snakes. Do they normally come out in the middle of the day? I am nervous about walking my dogs now. I know they won't hurt me, but I still get the heebee geebees. Beautiful pictures, though.

—Posted by Olivia on 03 Jul 2008 @ 03:20 UTC #

Hi Norm! Long time no... anything.

Remembered your interest in frogs when I saw this:

Micro Frog Discovered Inside Bornean Pitcher Plants

Cute little bugger eh? Hope all is well.


—Posted by Stuart Lemmen on 25 Aug 2010 @ 09:48 UTC #