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A two-inch snake? The smallest snakes in the U.S., world

May 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on A two-inch snake? The smallest snakes in the U.S., world · snakes

One of my hiking friends recently mentioned seeing a tiny snake as he hiked at Radnor Lake in Nashville. He estimated the snake’s length as two inches, which really surprised me; I’ve never seen, or even heard of, a snake that small. The subject of peewee snakes came up when I mentioned that Mike E. […]

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Southern ringneck snake at Percy Warner park in Nashville

April 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments · snakes

Diadophis punctatus punctatus Although ringneck snakes are also known as ring-necked snakes, this Nashville hiking blog generally uses the term ringneck for the sake of consistency and simplicity. The average adult size of southern ringneck snakes is six to ten inches, so the specimen (pictured on this page) briefly captured at Percy Warner Park in […]

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What are the most common snakes in Tennessee?

July 2nd, 2011 · 7 Comments · snakes

During my research on Timber Rattlesnakes I ran across an article stating that the copperhead is the most common species of snake in the southeastern United States. While within the realm of possibility, it’s completely at odds with my own personal experience as an amateur herpetologist. I became fascinated with reptiles of all kinds (especially […]

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Timber Rattlesnake spotted during Fiery Gizzard hike

June 29th, 2011 · 4 Comments · snakes

One of the most memorable reptile sightings while hiking in Tennessee was this Timber Rattler sunning itself on a ledge overlooking the canyon. Fantastic! I was hiking with my dog Sky that day – fortunately she didn’t get too curious. NOTE: I must apologize for the quality of the first couple of Timber Rattlesnake photos […]

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Video – Large Gray Rat Snake at Radnor Lake

April 4th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Radnor Lake, Reptiles, snakes

This is one of three videos of a large gray rat snake photographed at Radnor Lake on June 3, 2008. This prime specimen – one of the largest rat snakes I have ever seen anywhere – was found crossing the trail at Radnor Lake somewhere between the lake and Ganier Ridge. The original post describing […]

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Northern Water Snake at Ellington Agricultural Center

April 22nd, 2010 · 5 Comments · ellington agricultural center, Reptiles, snakes

Today I finally photographed my first snake of the year (‘bout time!): a juvenile Northern Water Snake swimming in Seven Mile Creek at Ellington Agricultural Center. I have been surveying this area of Seven Mile Creek every time I hike at Ellington, thinking that, with all the flat rock shelves in the sun, I was […]

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Another Large Gray Rat Snake at Radnor Lake

August 30th, 2009 · 9 Comments · Radnor Lake, snakes

Sunday, August 30, 2009 My friend Steve D. and I had a fantastic hiking experience at Radnor Lake last month – on July 26, to be exact. We had two wonderful sightings in my view, or one great sighting and one scary experience in HIS view. You see, good ol’ Steve is not a snake […]

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Writer, Blogger, Reptile Magnet

June 17th, 2008 · Comments Off on Writer, Blogger, Reptile Magnet · friends, snakes

Monday evening, June 16, 2008 It was yet another wonderful dusk hike at Radnor Lake: beautiful, peaceful, a virtual meditation, actually. Towards the end of this dusk hike – around 8:15, I suppose– a woman approached me (shocking, I know!) and asked if I were me. I was quite pleased to tell her that I […]

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Statuesque Snake Poses on Wall at Radnor Lake

June 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments · flowers, Radnor Lake, snakes

(NOTE: After you’ve enjoyed these images to your satisfaction, tap your browser’s ‘refresh’ button to see additional images; the pics shown here are pulled at random from categorized image folders, so there are more photos to see. ALSO: I’m still working on the Fiery Gizzard post and related pics; please check back.) Without detailing the […]

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Gray Rat Snake: Prime specimen at Radnor Lake

June 4th, 2008 · 21 Comments · Radnor Lake, Reptiles, snakes

Events from the momentous hike on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 (NOTE: For more numerous and larger photographs of a very large gray rat snake at Radnor Lake, please see related post, Another Large Gray Rat Snake at Radnor Lake.) An excellent Gray Rat Snake photo gallery: Hiking Nature at Radnor Lake After proceeding up the […]

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