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Northern Water Snake at Ellington Agricultural Center

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

juvenile northern water snake at Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville, Tennessee

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 bound to eventually find water snakes sunning themselves there. It finally happened.

juvenile northern water snake at Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville, Tennessee

This is a juvenile Northern Water Snake, probably one year old, since it is too early (I think) for this year’s newborn water snakes.

I spent 30 minutes hovering around the area, hoping to capture the snake and get some really good photographs. My persistence paid off in that I got a couple of extra shots, but the snake did not swim close enough to the edge for me to capture it. Darn!

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  • Jake

    Cool snake. I am headed for Nashville this June and I am hoping to do some hiking while I’m there. It would be pretty sweet to get see one of these little guys. Thanks for the posts.

  • Rob

    This place sounds great! A pretty well-kept secret too…I thought I’d researched every trail within 30min of downtown Nashville, but I’ve never heard of this one!

    Speaking of snakes, have you been to the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail in Ashland City? It’s about a half hour or so outside of downtown Nashville, and the best snake-hunting site I’ve seen in the state. The trail is 12miles one-way. 8miles of this are paved. Cottonmouths are especially abundant; I had no idea they lived so close to Nashville.

    I highly recommend you visit there if you haven’t yet.
    Always interesting to read your posts.
    -Rob

  • Rob

    ……….um, to correct my above post, the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail is 6miles one-way, 4 of which are paved…. haha my bad!

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