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??? think its a garter snake

??? think its a garter snake

Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) - HM 58816

Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) - HM 58816

I photographed a broad-winged hawk capturing a garter snake along Pine St. across from the  Pt. Edwards condos.   According to a raptor expert I contacted, this hawk is rarely seen in western Washington.   Based in my photos, he believed it was a first year juvenile that had probably hatched in May.  The bird was most likely passing through town during the fall migration.

I photographed a broad-winged hawk capturing a garter snake along Pine St. across from the Pt. Edwards condos. According to a raptor expert I contacted, this hawk is rarely seen in western Washington. Based in my photos, he believed it was a first year juvenile that had probably hatched in May. The bird was most likely passing through town during the fall migration.

Follow this Garter Snake through the forest to get the perfect shot.

Follow this Garter Snake through the forest to get the perfect shot.

Checkered Garter Snake

Checkered Garter Snake

Garter Snake (Audubon Center, Mill Grove, PA)

Garter Snake (Audubon Center, Mill Grove, PA)

Found this little garter snake

Found this little garter snake

Went to the kitchen for an afternoon snack and found this garter snake. Fortunately, I got to her before Miracle!

Went to the kitchen for an afternoon snack and found this garter snake. Fortunately, I got to her before Miracle!

As the days get warmer, garter snakes will emerge, but don’t panic! They’re harmless to humans and mostly eat worms, leeches, slugs and other small prey.  Photo: Common garter snake courtesy of Douglas Mills/Creative Commons.

As the days get warmer, garter snakes will emerge, but don’t panic! They’re harmless to humans and mostly eat worms, leeches, slugs and other small prey. Photo: Common garter snake courtesy of Douglas Mills/Creative Commons.