Sep 12, 2022Visitor – midland water snake

Visitor. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
Visitor – it spent the afternoon coiled up under the rocks to the right. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

It appeared like a periscope sticking eight inches vertically out of the water, making a point of studying me and tasting the air with its flickering tongue. I must have passed the test because it swam past where I was sitting and proceeded to hide in a hole in the nearby rocks.

By the way, it is a midland water snake — Nerodia sipedon pleuralis. And yes, I did go swimming again.

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