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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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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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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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Alligator snapping turtle: Nashville resident?

August 22nd, 2008 · 22 Comments · Radnor Lake, turtles

I have long suspected that the alligator snapper resides at Radnor Lake, but I have no evidence to present. There was, however, some convincing hearsay from a nurse walking on Otter Creek Road with her young daughter. She confidently answered a couple of questions about a supposedly amazing, huge turtle sighting she had within 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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