Cold Blooded Hiking

Ringed Snake

As I was hiking this weekend, I came upon this little critter on the trail. He appears to be a ringed snake, or diadophis punctatus. He was a little slow moving, so I imagine he was either just emerging from hibernation, or had recently eaten.

I’m glad I helped him off the trail with a stick rather than my hands (I guess I’m not a Mark 16:18 Christian), as they apparently can give off a pungent odor if handled. He did finally scurry off into the brush.

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