Friday, August 2, 2013

Snake - on Top of a Fence!

You can see in yesterday's post a decorative cedar rail fence dividing different parts of the garden I wrote about, extending along behind the cactus garden.  As we walked past I caught a slight movement out of the corner of my eye, and there was a snake.

 
It was just a common garter snake, but I'd never actually seen one climb a fence before.

This is the decorative fence I'm referring to - look just to the right of the centre of the picture on top of the fence.

 A closer look may help you see the snake, stretched along the top of the fence.

 And here it is - enjoying the sun stretched along the top rail.

I actually saw it first from the other side, stretched out between the yellow hollyhocks and the giant goat's beard (the large white blossoms to the right).

This is the snake as I first noticed it, hidden behind a plant, and starting to slide it's way up the back of the fence, just a dark movement behind green stems and leaves - a garter snake climbing a fence!

Here it is a little closer, when it got comfortable.  It was obviously comfortable, because it stayed there for at least half an hour while we were in the garden.

 And finally a little closer still ....  and closer still - above.

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24 comments:

  1. wow, that is too neat - that you caught the snake on the move. so cool!! have a great weekend. ( :

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  2. Oh wow good eye! Beautiful photos :)

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  3. The snake adds a perfect aesthetic touch to the rural scene.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by; I always enjoy your ongoing adventures!

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  4. Hi There, I'm not a fan of snakes ---even the 'good' ones... They make me chill!!!!!!! BUT--he's a pretty one sitting on that fence...

    Be sure to check out my blog post today.. I'm showing some of our roses in our yard.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Saw them this morning - amazing! Hope you enjoy your 'week off'. And Happy Birthday.

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  5. It's very goldy, compared to our garters around here. Good eye! It always amazes me what good swimmers they are. I sometimes see them in out little pond, frog hunting.

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    1. I've noticed a lot of colour variations too.

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  6. Lovely shots. I adore our cedar rail fences! We have 4 or 5 different styles!
    I have never seen a snakes on our, though!
    I spotted an osprey flying by carrying one yesterday.
    Usually, I have to rescue the snakes from the cats.
    Cheers from Cottage Country!
    P.S. Do you know which style of fence this is?

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    1. Thanks. I don't think this is a typical cedar rail fence. It's a unique one that these garden owners built to divide their garden into two 'rooms'.

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  7. Looks like a great place to stretch out and sun yourself. Do garter snakes shed their skin? :-)

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    1. Yes they do. I've found one several times.

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  8. Very nice pics...that snake really blends in with the fence!

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    1. Glad you liked the pix. Thanks for visiting.

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  9. One spring we brought in a pile of cedar lumber which we were going to use for a fence come fall. All summer, as I rode around the front yard on the riding lawn mower, there would be a little snake enjoying the sunshine. I'm sorry we re=arranged your roost little fellow.

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  10. Nice series of pictures!! Love the fence and it looks like the cute little snake likes it as well. : )

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  11. Golly, those are fantastic shots!!! but seriously "just a Garter snake" or not... brrrrr... I am not a snake person. But your photos are really beautiful.

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  12. We have naturalized our garden and have a really pleasing variety of wildlife. The one thing we lack is a snake and my wife and I often comment that we wish a Garter Snake would take up residence. Maybe you can ask yours if one of his cousins would like a nice home in Waterloo!!

    David Gascoigne
    Waterloo, ON
    www.travelswithbirds.blogspot.com

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