Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Baby Blacknecked Gartersnake Failing to Catch Tadpoles

I watched this baby Black Necked Gartersnake, Thamnophis cyrtopsis, try and fail to catch tadpoles in this pool for about a half hour. I really wanted to get a photo of him eating his prey, but he just wasn’t very good at it, and my real goal of the trip were the area’s blacktailed rattlesnakes. In the photo, he’s resting after the latest failed attempt.

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4 Responses to “Baby Blacknecked Gartersnake Failing to Catch Tadpoles”

  1. Susan Chapler says:

    Very cool photo! Very cool snake 😉

  2. marianne says:

    Wow! What a treat to see!

  3. Bryan says:

    The best part about that area is that it is very easy to find these snakes in the late summer, so I’ll have plenty of chances to get that tadpole-eating picture later. There’s one old gartersnake up there that I’ve seen a few times (he has a scar on his back), within a range of about a mile. Busy little guys!

  4. Jill says:

    sweet shot, must have been pretty cool to watch him attempt to catch ’em. hopefully his practice will pay off!

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