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Garter Snake

We visited the great swamp refuge in NJ. Part of the trail has slate trail markers. I saw a jumping spider jet underneath one, lifted it up and was so obsessed with the spider that I did not notice the snake slither away until it was pointed to it. We walked back around and after a few minutes had passed came back to the same slate marker. I think as I was lifting it, I said, there is no way the snake would be back under here. It was, and it brought a friend. There were two small garter snakes under it. The original snake again slithered off pretty quickly but this one relied on camouflage and stayed still.

 

And then it bit me. :)

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Taken on May 26, 2012